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September 19, 2014

TEXAS CHARTER SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION: FIVE NEW TEXAS CHARTERS AWARDED IN 2014

The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) today took final action on the decisions by Texas education commissioner Michael Williams to approve five Generation 19 open-enrollment, public charter schools. The SBOE considered the Commissioner’s approved charters announced in August allowing final approval for all five new Texas charters.

From Texas Charter Schools Association


September 19, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: FIVE GENERATION 19 CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICANTS COMPLETE PROCESS

Five Generation 19 charter school applicants today successfully completed the final step of the state’s application process allowing them to begin operation in Texas for the 2015-2016 school year. Originally granted approval in August by Commissioner of Education Michael Williams, the five include:

From Texas Education Agency


September 19, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: ENCOURAGES SBOE TO BACK MERCER RESOLUTION

State Sen. Donna Campbell wrote the following letter to the SBOE today urging the Board to support the resolution requesting the College Board to revisit and examine key concepts of the latest Advanced Placement U.S. History course:

From Senator Donna Campbell


September 19, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: INDUCTED INTO MISSION HISTORICAL MUSEUM WALL OF FAME

Last night, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa was honored as a 2014 Wall of Fame Inductee by the Mission Historical Museum at its Eighth Annual Dinner Banquet. Senator Hinojosa was selected to be recognized for his leadership, dedication, accomplishments, and contributions to the City of Mission for 30 years or more.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


September 19, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: CALLS ON ABBOTT TO ADDRESS INSIDER DEALS, RECORD OF SIDING AGAINST TEXAS FAMILIES

With Texas voters set to tune in to the first gubernatorial debate of the 2014 election season at 6PM tonight -- and Team Wendy supporters gathering at more than 100 watch parties in the Rio Grande Valley and across the state -- Battleground Texas spokeswoman Erica Sackin issued the following statement:

From Battleground Texas


September 19, 2014

TDP: ON RECORD PERMANENT SCHOOL FUND

This week, the spokesperson for the Texas General Land Office, Jim Suydam, announced that $1.26 billion is being added to the Permanent School Fund. The fund, founded in 1854, was created to help support K-12 public schools in Texas.

From Texas Democratic Party


September 19, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: THE CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES ENDORSES LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE FOR LT. GOVERNOR

Early this morning, Corpus Christi Caller-Times announced their endorsement of Leticia Van de Putte for Lieutenant Governor. The Caller-Times touted Senator Van de Putte’s bipartisanship, legislative record, her policy proposals, and concluded Senator Leticia Van de Putte is a deserving candidate and the “Democrat that GOP voters should trust.”

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


September 19, 2014

COALITION OF TEXANS WITH DISABILITIES: PRESENTS TEXAS DISABILITY ISSUES FORUM

The Disability Vote will be an increasing factor in the upcoming elections. With over 4 million Texans with disabilities, plus their families, friends, colleagues, and professionals that serve them, political candidates are increasingly recognizing this group as an important constituency.

From Coalition of Texans with Disabilities


September 19, 2014

PERMIAN BASIN PETROLEUM ASSOCIATION: LAUNCHES ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY OF THE PERMIAN BASIN'S OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY PRODUCED BY TEXAS TECH

Bradley Ewing, author of “Economic Impact of the Permian Basin’s Oil and Gas Industry” presented the study’s findings at PBPA’s membership luncheon to more than 200 PBPA members.

From Permian Basin Petroleum Association


September 19, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: 5 QUESTIONS GLENN HEGAR NEEDS TO ANSWER ABOUT THE MAJOR EVENTS TRUST

Sunday morning the San Antonio Express news reported that the comptroller may have ignored state law and improperly paid Formula One $50 million.

From Mike Collier Campaign


September 19, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: LIBBY WILLIS: LET'S GET THINGS DONE

Battleground Texas released a two-minute web video today for Democratic State Senate candidate Libby Willis. Released by Battleground Texas as a part of their Blue Star Project, the video highlights the longtime Tarrant County resident’s lifelong dedication to fighting for common sense solutions.

From Battleground Texas


September 19, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER MICHAEL WILLIAMS REGARDING POTENTIAL FEDERAL PRESCHOOL EXPANSION GRANT APPLICATION

On Sept. 10, 2014, the Texas Education Agency notified the U.S. Department of Education of its intent to submit an application for a federal preschool expansion grant. Commissioner of Education Michael Williams issued the following statement regarding the application process:

From Texas Education Agency


September 19, 2014

TDP: TED CRUZ IN VIRGINIA TODAY

Today, Tea Party aficionados U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are scheduled to speak at this year’s Liberty Political Action Conference in Alexandria, Virginia. [LPAC 2014]

From Texas Democratic Party


September 19, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: OPPOSES CONTINUING RESOLUTION

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement regarding the Continuing Appropriations Resolution for Fiscal Year 2015. “I cannot vote to empower our lawless president to continue his plans that threaten the economy and our national security,” said Sen. Cruz.

From Senator Ted Cruz


September 18, 2014

LOIS KOLKHORST CAMPAIGN: CONGRESMAN MICHAEL MCCAUL ENDORSES LOIS KOLKHORST FOR STATE SENATE

Thursday, Congressman Michael McCaul endorsed Lois Kolkhorst in the race to succeed Senator Glenn Hegar upon his likely election to the position of Texas Comptroller.

From Lois Kolkhorst Campaign


September 18, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST JOINS LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR PRESS CONFERENCE TO COMBAT CARGO THEFT

Today, Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst, stood with members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and other law enforcement agencies in highlighting a growing threat to the Texas economy: cargo theft.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


September 18, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: TO PARTICIPATE IN COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM PANEL AT TEXAS TRIBUNE FESTIVAL

Senator José Rodríguez will participate in panel discussion titled "The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Debate" during the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival, which takes place at the AT&T Conference Center, which is located on the University of Texas campus, in Austin this weekend.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


September 18, 2014

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT: TEXAS COURT RULES PRIVATE PRISON COMPANY SUBJECT TO STATE'S PUBLIC INFORMATION ACT

On Monday, a Travis County District Court entered a final judgment that held Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest for-profit prison company, is a “governmental body” for purposes of the Texas Public Information Act and is therefore subject to the “Act’s obligations to disclose public information.”

From Texas Civil Rights Project


September 18, 2014

TDP: REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES ARE NO SHOWS ON DISABILITY RIGHTS

The San Antonio Express-News recently reported that the Democratic candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general have agreed to appear at the Texas Disability Issues Forum on Sept. 24. None of their opponents in the Republican Party have agreed to appear.

From Texas Democratic Party


September 18, 2014

GLENN HEGAR CAMPAIGN: TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUILDERS' HOMEPAC ENDORSES GLENN HEGAR FOR COMPTROLLER

The Glenn Hegar Campaign announced today that HOMEPAC, the political action committee of the Texas Association of Builders has endorsed Glenn Hegar in the November 4th general election race for Comptroller of Public Accounts.

From Glenn Hegar Campaign


September 18, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS SPOKESMAN: ABBOTT'S FALSE ATTACK AD NOT SIGN OF CONFIDENT FRONTRUNNER

Today, Davis campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas issued the following response to the Abbott campaign's false attack ad: "This kind of desperate attack ad that relies on lies and debunked claims is not the move of a confident frontrunner," said Davis campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 18, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: DEMOCRATS BLOCK BILL TO STOP AMERICANS WHO JOIN ISIS FROM RETURNING TO US

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today asked for unanimous consent on his bill, the Expatriate Terrorists Act of 2014, that would strip Americans who join ISIS of their citizenship.

From Senator Ted Cruz


September 18, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY HELPS DEDICATE PANDEMIC INFLUENZA VACCINE FACILITY

Gov. Rick Perry today participated in the site dedication for the Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Facility, part of the Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (Texas A&M CIADM).

From Office of the Governor


September 18, 2014

HOMEPAC: TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUILDERS' HOMEPAC ENDORSES GLENN HEGAR FOR TEXAS COMPTROLLER

HOMEPAC, the political action committee of the Texas Association of Builders, announces its endorsement of Glenn Hegar in the upcoming race for Texas Comptroller.

From HOMEPAC


September 18, 2014

SIERRA CLUB, LONE STAR CHAPTER: PROPOSED REVISIONS TO LCRA WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN MEAN SLIGHT IMPROVEMENTS FOR MATAGORDA BAY

On Wednesday, September 17, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is expected to vote on proposed amendments to the Water Management Plan (WMP) that will govern how water in Lakes Travis and Buchanan is managed.

From Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter


September 18, 2014

KATHIE GLASS CAMPAIGN: GLASS FIGHTS BACK AGAINST PHONY DEBATE

Kathie Glass, Libertarian for Texas Governor, is fighting back after Greg Abbott insisted she be excluded from the gubernatorial debate in Edinburg on Friday, September 19.

From Kathie Glass Campaign


September 18, 2014

RED STATE WOMEN: THE FEMALE FACT[HER]

Today Red State Women launched a new campaign rightfully named "The Female Fact[her]." The Female Fact[her] is a fact-based web site and crusade to showcase the direct influence women have on our society, our economy, and our political landscape.

From Red State Women


September 18, 2014

TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION: AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER TODD STAPLES NAMED NEW PRESIDENT OF TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION

The Board of Directors of the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) has named Todd Staples as its new president. Currently serving as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Staples will replace Rob Looney who is retiring at the end of 2014 after 26 years with the Association.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


September 18, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: EL PASO ELECTED OFFICIALS OFFICIALLY ENDORSE SENATOR DAVIS

Ahead of Friday's gubernatorial debate, El Paso elected officials formally endorsed Wendy Davis and highlighted the contrast in this race.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 17, 2014

LOWER COLORADO RIVER BASIN COALITION: BACKS LCRA WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN, URGES MORE SUPPLY AND DROUGHT MANAGEMENT

The Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition supported revised amendments to LCRA’s Water Management Plan that were approved on Wednesday and which reduce impacts to rice farmers and slightly increase flows to Matagorda Bay, within a framework mandated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

From Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition


September 17, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE RUTH JONES MCCLENDON: STATEMENT APPLAUDING SMART ON CRIME COALITION

Representative Ruth Jones McClendon (D-San Antonio) released the following statement after the press conference held at the Capitol this morning:

From Representative Ruth Jones McClendon


September 17, 2014

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: IMMIGRANTS DRIVE THE TEXAS ECONOMY

Immigrants in Texas are a critical component of the state's economic vitality, according to a new report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP).

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


September 17, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY DEDICATES STATUE HONORING TIM COLE

Gov. Rick Perry today helped dedicate a statue in honor of the late Tim Cole, who was wrongfully convicted of rape and died in prison in 1999. Cole was granted a pardon for innocence by Gov. Perry in 2010.

From Office of the Governor


September 17, 2014

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: SCHOOL KIDS OF TEXAS EARNED MORE THAN $1 BILLION IN 2014

Fiscal year 2014 is in the books and for the first time ever the Texas General Land Office deposited more than $1 billion into the state’s Permanent School Fund, crushing all previous records.

From Texas General Land Office


September 17, 2014

TDP: AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN ENDORSES MIKE COLLIER FOR COMPTROLLER

In case you missed it, last night the Austin American-Statesman endorsed Democrat Mike Collier for Comptroller. [Austin American-Statesman, 9/16/2014] Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


September 17, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: GOP TEA PARTY CANDIDATE KEN PAXTON UNDER FIRE AGAIN FOR FELONY VIOLATION

Today the Texas Coalition for Lawyer Accountability (TCLA) filed suit against the Texas State Securities Board to obtain documents linked to Republican attorney general candidate Ken Paxton’s admitted felony violation of state securities law.

From Lone Star Project


September 17, 2014

CONCERNED VETERANS FOR AMERICA: TAPS CODY MCGREGOR AS TEXAS STATE DIRECTOR

Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) today announced that Cody McGregor has joined the organization as Texas State Director. A Texan veteran, McGregor is the former campaign manager and senior aide to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.

From Concerned Veterans for America


September 17, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN ENDORSES MIKE COLLIER FOR TEXAS COMPTROLLER

Last night the Austin American-Statesman endorsed Mike Collier to be the next Texas Comptroller. [Austin American-Statesman, 9/16/2014] Mike Collier issued the following statement:

From Mike Collier Campaign


September 17, 2014

SENATORS TONY FRASER AND KIRK WATSON: STATEMENT REGARDING THE LCRA BOARD'S ACTION ON THEIR 2012 WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN APPLICATION

For over a year, Senators Troy Fraser and Kirk Watson have called on the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to implement a water management plan that satisfies the LCRA's legal obligation to protect the water supply for the LCRA's firm water customers, even in times of drought.

From Senators Troy Fraser and Kirk Watson


September 17, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE HENRY CUELLAR: AWARDED GUARDIAN OF SMALL BUSINESS AWARD

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) was awarded the Guardian of Small Business Award by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). Members of Congress receive the NFIB recognition for voting in the interests of small businesses 70% or more of the time.

From Representative Henry Cuellar


September 17, 2014

SMART-ON-CRIME COALITION: GETTING SMART ON CRIME

A broad-based and diverse coalition of groups is coming together to support criminal justice reforms that will make the system more just and, at the same time, improve public safety for all Texans.

From Smart-On-Crime Coalition


September 17, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH PLANS: CALLS FOR REFORMS ON HEALTH CARE BILLING

In response to a report by the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) detailing the rising trend of a practice known as “balance billing,” the Texas Association of Health Plans called for key reforms to health care policy and advised consumers on how to avoid the associated sticker shock.

From Texas Association of Health Plans


September 17, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY SENDS LETTER TO MEXICAN PRESIDENT PENA NIETO, INVITES HIM TO TEXAS

Gov. Rick Perry today sent the following letter to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto following the President's comments last week regarding Gov. Perry's decision to deploy the Texas National Guard to disrupt criminal activity along the Texas-Mexico border.

From Office of the Governor


September 17, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: THIS ADMINISTRATION IS NOT DOING THE JOB THAT WE NEED OF A COMMANDER IN CHIEF TO DEFEND OUR NATION

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke with Fox News’ Sean Hannity last night on the U.S. plan to destroy ISIS and the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey.

From Senator Ted Cruz


September 17, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER PORTER ANNOUNCES NATURAL GAS SUMMIT HITS PARTICIPATION MILESTONE

Commissioner David Porter of the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) announced today that the Texas Natural Gas Summit in Austin has had to expand the number of participating companies due to demand, after exceeding the number of anticipated exhibitors earlier this month.

From Texas Railroad Commission


September 17, 2014

PETE GALLEGO CAMPAIGN: GALLEGO'S 2ND TV AD FEATURES LOCAL VETS, FOCUSES ON VA HEALTHCARE ISSUES

Today, the campaign of Congressman Pete Gallego (TX23) went up on the air with their second TV ad of the general action. The ad features several Texas veterans and focuses on Rep. Gallego's work to address issues in the VA healthcare system.

From Pete Gallego Campaign


September 17, 2014

MARK MILLER CAMPAIGN: RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE SAYS DENTON FRACKING VOTE RESULT OF DEFICIENT GOVERNANCE

Mark Miller, Libertarian candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner, believes that the City of Denton’s hydraulic fracturing ban vote on the November ballot results from a failure of government to assert its primary roles to protect individual rights and to resolve conflicts.

From Mark Miller Campaign


September 16, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: DISD AUDIT SHOULD SPUR STATEWIDE INVESTIGATION

The Texas Association of Business is today calling for an investigation of the 100 largest school districts in the state by the State Auditor’s Office. The call comes after an internal audit by the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) showed many students who graduated may not have actually met the requirements to earn that diploma.

From Texas Association of Business


September 16, 2014

TDP: RACE FOR REPUBLICAN PARTY OF TEXAS CHAIRMAN KICKS OFF

The race to replace Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri has officially begun. During a State Republican Executive Committee meeting over the weekend, three prominent Republicans made the announcement that they will run for Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

From Texas Democratic Party


September 16, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: COLLIER UNVEILS THIRD POLICY INITIATIVE TO PROTECT TAXPAYER RIGHTS

Today Mike Collier released his third policy initiative to protect Taxpayer Rights and released the following statement: "It’s time we clean-up our fund accounting and end costly diversions.

From Mike Collier Campaign


September 16, 2014

PETE GALLEGO CAMPAIGN: TX23 AD WARS: GALLEGO POSITIVE AD VS TONS O' MUD

A report in today's Houston Chronicle reveals that one of Will Hurd's 'supporters' in his first TV ad of the general election is actually his paid spokeswoman and a national political operative [1].

From Pete Gallego Campaign


September 16, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: HEGAR DEFENDS CONFLICT OF INTEREST

In response to the Comptroller’s reported mishandling of $50 million paid to Formula One out of the Major Events Trust, Republican candidate for Comptroller Glenn Hegar told the press yesterday that as Comptroller he would continue to manage the Major Events Trust, despite a clear conflict of interest.

From Mike Collier Campaign


September 16, 2014

MIKE VANDEWALLE CAMPAIGN: TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS (BACPAC) ENDORSES DR VANDEWALLE OVER STATE REP. ISRAEL

Today BACPAC, the political arm of the Texas Association of Business, which represents over 4,000 small and large job creators throughout the state, announced its endorsement of Dr. Mike VanDeWalle for State Representative in HD-50 over incumbent State Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin).

From Mike VanDeWalle Campaign


September 16, 2014

TEXPAC: ENDORSES DAN PATRICK FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

TEXPAC, the political advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), has announced its endorsement of Dan Patrick for Texas lieutenant governor.

From TEXPAC


September 16, 2014

TEXAS ASIAN REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY: ENDORSES HEGAR FOR COMPTROLLER

The Texas Asian Republican Assembly announces its proud endorsement of Glenn Hegar for Comptroller. Glenn has served in both the Texas House and Senate, and is now the Republican nominee for Texas Comptroller.

From Texas Asian Republican Assembly


September 16, 2014

TDP: TEXAS REPUBLICANS OPPOSE PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT

Today, U.S. Senate Republicans including Ted Cruz and John Cornyn voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Paycheck Fairness act was written to narrow the gender wage gap by offering training for salary negotiations, increasing employees’ legal options for fighting pay disparities and prohibiting retaliation against employees seeking salary information. [

From Texas Democratic Party


September 16, 2014

STEVE BROWN CAMPAIGN: ICYMI: STUDY CONFIRMS GAS LEAKS FROM FAULTY WELLS

In case you missed it, a study was released today illustrating the need for additional regulatory oversight over Texas' water resources.

From Steve Brown Campaign


September 16, 2014

TDP: TED CRUZ PUTS SOUTH CAROLINA FIRST

Ted Cruz is making a quick stop in South Carolina today before heading back to Washington, DC for the week. Cruz is the special guest for a Victory Lunch fundraiser for the South Carolina Republican Party [Charlotte Observer, 9/15/2014].

From Texas Democratic Party


September 15, 2014

BOB DEUELL CAMPAIGN: SENATOR DEUELL TO PLAY IN CHARITY BENEFIT FOR COUNT BASIE BAND MEMBER

State Senator Bob Deuell, MD, of Greenville will sit in on drums for legendary musician Butch Miles at a charity concert performed in Miles’ honor. The event on September 21 is being held to raise funds for a lung transplant which Miles underwent four weeks ago.

From Bob Deuell Campaign


September 15, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ROB ORR: RECEIVES TWO PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS FROM THE TEXAS ASSOCIATION REALTORS

State Representative Rob Orr of Burleson was recently recognized by the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR) with its two most prestigious awards, the Legacy Award and the Distinguished Service Award.

From Representative Rob Orr


September 15, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE HONORS NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

Today, marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a month-long celebration honoring the contributions of the Hispanic community to the history of our great country.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


September 15, 2014

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS HONOR NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

Today, Texas Democrats celebrate the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration that honors the contributions and efforts of the Hispanic community in our country.

From Texas Democratic Party


September 15, 2014

MANUFACTURERS PAC OF TEXAS: ENDORSES GLENN HEGAR FOR COMPTROLLER

The Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) political action committee, the Manufacturers PAC of Texas (MPACT), today announced its endorsement of Glenn Hegar for Texas Comptroller in the 2014 general election.

From Manufacturers PAC of Texas


September 15, 2014

ANNIE'S LIST: DAN PATRICK'S LIE ON SCHOOL FUNDING DANGEROUS FOR TEXAS FAMILIES

Yesterday, the Austin American-Statesman’s PolitiFact confirmed Dan Patrick is lying to Texans about his votes to cut education funding.

From Annie's List


September 15, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: TEAM WENDY VOLUNTEERS REACH OUT TO MORE THAN 180,000 VOTERS THIS WEEKEND

With just fifty days to go before Election Day, and polls showing the race for Governor tightening, Team Wendy volunteers were out in force this weekend -- throwing more than 360 events, making phone calls to more than 55,000 voters and knocking on the doors of more than 125,000 voters.

From Battleground Texas


September 15, 2014

KATHIE GLASS CAMPAIGN: STARTED RUNNING VIDEO ADS TODAY

Kathie Glass, Libertarian for Texas Governor, started running video ads today.

From Kathie Glass Campaign


September 15, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: UT AUSTIN PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE NAMED

A committee to advise The University of Texas System Board of Regents on the selection of a president for UT Austin was announced today (Sept. 15) by Regents’ Chairman Paul Foster.

From The University of Texas System


September 15, 2014

GARY GATES CAMPAIGN: RON PAUL ENDORSES GARY GATES IN SD18 RACE

Famed Freedom Fighter and former United States Congressman, Ron Paul, announced that he is endorsing conservative Gary Gates in the State Senate District 18 race. A conservative stalwart, Paul served as the U.S. House Representative for Texas’ 22nd District until 2013.

From Gary Gates Campaign


September 15, 2014

TEXAS DPS: REMINDS TEXANS: ELECTION IDENTIFICATION CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE AT DRIVERS LICENSE OFFICES

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans in advance of the upcoming November election that Election Identification Certificates (EIC) are available year-round at all Texas driver license offices for individuals in need of proper identification required to vote in elections in Texas.

From Texas DPS


September 15, 2014

COLE BALLWEG CAMPAIGN: TONY TINDERHOLT CRITICIZED FOR VIOLENT RHETORIC TARGETING IMMIGRANT CHILDREN AND CALLING FOR INVASION OF MEXICO

The Texas Observer released video footage over the weekend of HD 94 Tea Party candidate, Tony Tinderholt, advocating for violence at the border and an invasion of Mexico. In a stinging rebuke of his violent and extreme positions, the article posits the question many are beginning to ask about Mr. Tinderholt: "How the hell did this guy get so close to the statehouse?"

From Cole Ballweg Campaign


September 15, 2014

GLENN HEGAR CAMPAIGN: SENATOR TED CRUZ ENDORSES GLENN HEGAR FOR COMPTROLLER

The Glenn Hegar Campaign announced today that United States Senator Ted Cruz has endorsed Glenn Hegar in the November 4th general election race for Comptroller of Public Accounts.

From Glenn Hegar Campaign


September 15, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: ALICE FARMER'S MARKET

Those of us who grew up in South Texas have a deep respect for our farming and ranching heritage. There are many ways we honor that tradition, especially at meal time.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


September 15, 2014

RYAN SITTON CAMPAIGN: MANUFACTURERS PAC OF TEXAS (MPACT) ENDORSES RYAN SITTON FOR RAILROAD COMMISSIONER

Today the Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) political action committee, the Manufacturers PAC of Texas (MPACT), announced its endorsement of Ryan Sitton for Railroad Commissioner in the 2014 general election.

From Ryan Sitton Campaign


September 15, 2014

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK EDUCATION FUND AND NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENCE EDUCATION: NEW ANALYSIS SHOWS TEXAS TEXTBOOKS DISTORT CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE

An examination of how proposed social studies textbooks for Texas public schools address climate change reveals distortions and bias that misrepresent the broad scientific consensus on the phenomenon.

From Texas Freedom Network Education Fund


September 15, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: COLLIER WANTS TO RESTORE CREDIBILITY TO COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE

Yesterday the San Antonio Express-News reported that $250 million of state money that was given to Formula 1 through the Major Events Trust Fund is in question, due to a lack of documentation that should reside within the comptroller's office.

From Mike Collier Campaign


September 15, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: DAN PATRICK "PANTS ON FIRE" LIE ABOUT FUNDING OUR SCHOOLS

The Austin American-Statesman’s PolitiFact just confirmed what we already knew: Dan Patrick is lying to Texas voters about his record on education funding. In August 2014, Dan Patrick’s campaign claimed that the senator “led the charge” to restore the 2011 funding cuts to education.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


September 15, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: TEXAS FIRE FIGHTERS ENDORSE SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE FOR LT. GOVERNOR

The Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, proudly representing 13,600 men and women employed as fire fighters and emergency medical personnel, announced its endorsement of Leticia Van de Putte for Texas Lieutenant Governor.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


September 15, 2014

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: NEW REPORT SHOWS SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS TAKING TOLL ON TEXANS

Texans are facing costly "surprise" medical bills when they visit emergency rooms – even at hospitals that participate in their insurance plans – according to a new report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP).

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


September 15, 2014

AUSTIN INTERFAITH: RELIGIOUS, LABOR AND COMMUNITY LEADERS ASK CANDIDATES FOR AUSTIN MAYOR AND TRAVIS COUNTY JUDGE WHERE THEY STAND ON THE ISSUES OF POVERTY, INEQUALITY AND THE COMMON GOOD

Austin Interfaith will conduct its first of two major accountability sessions for this election season beginning with candidates for Mayor and County Judge for Mayor and County Judge.

From Austin Interfaith


September 15, 2014

TDP: REPUBLICANS TURN A BLIND EYE TO ABUSE OF TEXAS CHILDREN

Earlier this week, Minnesota Vikings football star Adrian Peterson was indicted and accused with recklessly causing bodily injury to his young son in May by hitting him on the backside with a switch as a form of punishment.

From Texas Democratic Party


September 15, 2014

TDP: TED CRUZ MAKES A NEW FRIEND

Today, Senator Ted Cruz is in Charlotte, North Carolina to speak at ‘Star Spangled Sunday.’ Hosted by the Family Research Council, the event will also include speeches by Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Hobby Lobby President Steve Green. [Charlotte Observer, 9/13/14]

From Texas Democratic Party


September 15, 2014

TDP: DAN PATRICK ON THE RUN FROM TEXAS VOTERS

In case you missed it, Friday night Leticia Van de Putte the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor participated in a town hall on Univision. The town hall was offered as an opportunity for the two lieutenant governor candidates to engage in a debate, but Dan Patrick rejected the invitation.

From Texas Democratic Party


September 15, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: DOLORES HUERTA BACKS LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE & JOINS LATINOS FOR LETICIA

Today, the Leticia Van de Putte for Lt. Governor campaign launched its Latino voter initiative. Latinos for Leticia will forge a grassroots effort to mobilize Latino voters through online outreach and field events for this November’s election.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


September 15, 2014

MARK MILLER CAMPAIGN: RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE THANKS LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF HOUSE

Mark Miller, Libertarian Party candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner, thanks the League of Women Voters of Houston for hosting their September 11 Conversation with the Candidates for Texas Railroad Commissioner.

From Mark Miller Campaign


September 15, 2014

PETE GALLEGO CAMPAIGN: TX 23: HURD'S 1ST TV AD PROMOTES HIS STRONG SUPPORT AMONG HIS OWN STAFF

Tonight, Republican Will Hurd will begin running his first television ad of the 2014 general election contest against incumbent Democrat Pete Gallego in Texas' only battleground district.

From Pete Gallego Campaign


September 15, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: TEXAS ELECTED OFFICIALS PRAISE VAN DE PUTTE'S TOWN HALL PERFORMANCE

Tonight, Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor shared her vision for the future with Texas’ spanish-speaking Latino community. Notably missing was the Republican nominee, Dan Patrick, who chose to snub Texas’ Latino community.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


September 15, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: COLLIER RESPONDS TO MOODY'S ASSESSMENT OF TEXAS SCHOOL FINANCE SYSTEM

Today the Texas Tribune reported that Moody's Investors Service described the current legal challenge to our Texas school finance system as “credit positive,” because it will essentially force Texas lawmakers to finally fix our Texas school finance system.

From Mike Collier Campaign


September 12, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE TO PARTICIPATE IN UNIVISION TOWN HALL IN SAN ANTONIO; DAN PATRICK TO CONTINUE PATTERN OF DISRESPECT TOWARDS TEXAS LATINOS

This evening, Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor, will share her vision for the future of Texas at a town hall hosted by Univision and Mi Familia Vota in San Antonio. Earlier this month, Leticia launched her first Spanish language TV ad “Respeto.” where she shares about her family story and the respect that every Texan deserves.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


September 12, 2014

TDP: DAN PATRICK DOESN'T RESPECT THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY

This evening, Senator Leticia Van de Putte will take questions from journalists and voters, and share her vision for the future with Texas’ spanish-speaking Latino community in a town hall hosted by Univision in San Antonio. The town hall was originally planned to be a debate with Dan Patrick who declined the invitation.

From Texas Democratic Party


September 12, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: CONVENES SENATE HISPANIC CAUCUS REGIONAL SUMMIT IN NORTH TEXAS

This evening, Senator Leticia Van de Putte will take questions from journalists and voters, and share her vision for the future with Texas’ spanish-speaking Latino community in a town hall hosted by Univision in San Antonio. The North Texas Latino Legislative Summit, third in a planned series of regional meetings across the state aimed at designing policy recommendations for the next legislative session, will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at El Centro College West Campus.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


September 12, 2014

TEXAS DPS: ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS, RETIREMENTS WITHIN LEADERSHIP TEAM

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw, with the advice and consent of the Texas Public Safety Commission, has named Robert Bodisch as deputy director of Homeland Security and Services, which expands his oversight of homeland security functions to now include the service-oriented divisions of DPS.

From Texas DPS


September 12, 2014

LOIS KOLKHORST CAMPAIGN: KOLKHORST ENDORSED BY TEXAS AND SOUTHWESTERN CATTLE RAISERS ASSOCIATION

The Texas Southwestern and Cattle Raisers Association have endorsed Lois Kolkhorst in her campaign to replace Glenn Hegar in the Texas Senate upon his election to the office of Comptroller on November 4th.

From Lois Kolkhorst Campaign


September 12, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: WRAP UP: ABBOTT PROVES HE'S NOT WORKING FOR TEXAS WOMEN AS DAVIS SHARES HER STORY OF TRIUMPHS AND CHALLENGES, CLOSES GAP IN RECENT POLL

This week, Greg Abbott's press conference addressing women's health at St. Joseph Women's Medical Center surrounded by nine men explains all Texans women need to know about his interest in working on their behalf - Abbott isn't working for you.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 12, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: RELEASES VIDEO TO TEACH TEXANS HOW TO VOTE BY MAIL

Battleground Texas released two videos today, one in English and one in Spanish, that walk voters through the process of applying to vote by mail. The video comes at the beginning of the vote by mail application period.

From Battleground Texas


September 12, 2014

TEXAS DPS: RELEASES BORDER SECURITY TRENDS, RECENT ACTIVITY

The Texas Legislature has requested that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) provide a publicly releasable summary of border incidents and a data report related to historical trends of crime along the Texas-Mexico border as well as current criminal activity in the Operation Strong Safety (OSS) area of operation.

From Texas DPS


September 11, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO MEXICAN GOVERNMENT'S POSITION ON THE BORDER CRISIS

In response to a statement from the Mexican Ambassador, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst issued the following statement: "I find it puzzling and frankly offensive that the government of Mexico chose the 13th anniversary of the most tragic attack on our homeland to call on Texas to throw open our international border to illegal immigration, trafficking in drugs and human lives, and potentially even terrorists who wish to harm America.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


September 11, 2014

BORDER LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE: FORUM TO FOCUS ON BORDER ECONOMY AND STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

The Border Legislative Conference (BLC) and the Office of Congressman Beto O’Rourke, in conjunction with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars - Mexico Institute and the North American Research Partnership will convene a regional economic competitiveness forum on Friday, September 12 at the El Paso Convention Center.

From Border Legislative Conference


September 11, 2014

TEXAS DENTISTS FOR MEDICAID REFORM: DENTISTS SAY ARMED AGENT CAME TO HIS OFFICE AFTER SENATE TESTIMONY

Dr. Paul Dunn testified before the House Human Services Committee last week about his experiences with the Health and Human Services Commission Office of the Inspector General and SB 1803.

From Texas Dentists for Medicaid Reform


September 11, 2014

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES: ICYMI: SAEN: WENDY DAVIS SIGNS COPY OF MEMOIR FOR WOMAN WHO HAS KEY ROLE IN IT

Today Wendy Davis met the woman whose testimony against HB2 inspired her to share her own story. Statement from Planned Parenthood Texas Votes Executive Director, Yvonne Gutierrez: "Wendy Davis understands that her personal experiences connect her to Texas women who have long fought for our political leaders to hear us. As Governor, Wendy Davis will continue to hear our stories and use them to fuel her fight to protect all Texans."

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


September 11, 2014

RED STATE WOMEN: REMEMBER

Today Red State Women remembers the lives lost and the world forever changed by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. "This day is engraved in the minds of all Americans, reminding us to cherish the country we are so blessed to live in and the peace we too often take for granted," said Cari Christman Executive Director of Red State Women.

From Red State Women


September 11, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: GREG ABBOTT UNVEILED WOMEN'S HEALTH PLAN AT WOMEN'S MEDICAL CENTER WITH NINE MEN BY HIS SIDE

Greg Abbott's decision to hold a press conference at St. Joseph Women's Medical Center discussing women's health surrounded by nine men explains all Texans women need to know about his interest in working on their behalf.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 11, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MARISA MARQUEZ: TO SERVE AS THE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SESSION CHAIR AT NELEO'S POLICY INSTITUTE ON INFRASTRUCTURES

State Representative Marisa Márquez (D-El Paso) will serve as the Water Infrastructure Session Chair at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund Policy Institute on Infrastructures on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 in Dallas, TX.

From Representative Marisa Marquez


September 11, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11

Today, on the 13th Anniversary of tragedy of September 11, 2001, we remember those who lost their lives, honor those who put their lives at risk to save others, and reflect on the unbreaking will of our country. Leticia Van de Putte released the following statement:

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


September 11, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: RELEASES NEW DATA HIGHLIGHTING BORDER SECURITY PROBLEM

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, has made border security a top issue in his campaign. His opponent, Leticia Van de Putte, has opposed efforts to secure the border.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


September 11, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: PORTER VOICES CONCERNS OVER SOUTH TEXAS PIPELINES

Commissioner David Porter of the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) Tuesday visited several south Texas border oil and gas facilities and pipeline rights-of-way to meet with field staff, operators, law enforcement and security officials to examine the vulnerability of Texas’ critical industry infrastructure.

From Texas Railroad Commission


September 11, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS SPOKESPERSON STATEMENT ON ABBOTT CAMPAIGN'S FRIVOLOUS COMPLAINT

Wendy Davis Communications Director Zac Petkanas released the following statement in response to the Abbott campaign's frivolous complaint: "We were very careful to follow all legal guidelines.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 11, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST STATEMENT ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst issued the following statement on the anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001: "Thirteen years ago today, our nation was forever changed by a heinous and cowardly attack on American home soil.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


September 11, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN ENDORSES SAM HOUSTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

So far, Texas 2014 General Election voters have heard very little about the race for state attorney general. That is about to change.

From Lone Star Project


September 11, 2014

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: AUSTIN'S OLDEST PROFESSION REPORT TRACKS 2013 LOBBY SPENDING

During 2013, 2,932 clients paid 1,704 lobbyists up to $349 million to influence Texas government decisions, according to TPJ’s biennial analysis of Texas lobby spending. 2013 lobby spending nosed out pre-recession lobby expenditures for the first time.

From Texans for Public Justice


September 11, 2014

VOTERS FOR PROSPERITY: STATE REP. JAMES WHITE TO HOST FIRST ANNUAL CONSERVATIVE BLACK LEADERS SUMMIT

State Representative James White is hosting the First Annual Texas Conservative Leaders Summit in Houston (Clear Lake) on September 20th at the NASA Hilton Hotel starting at 8am. Registration opens at 7am.

From Voters for Prosperity


September 11, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON SEPTEMBER 11TH ANNIVERSARY

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement to mark the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks: "The memory of those murdered on September 11, 2001 is etched forever in the heart of a tolerant and freedom-loving nation still sickened by the atrocities committed on that terrible day.

From Office of the Governor


September 11, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: JOINT INTERIM COMMITTEE ON BORDER WAIT TIMES TO HOLD HEARING IN EL PASO

State Sen. José Rodríguez, a member of the Joint Interim Committee to Study the Effects of Border Wait Times, will attend the committee's hearing in El Paso. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 at City Hall (300 N. Campbell).

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


September 11, 2014

LIBBY WILLIS CAMPAIGN: ON TRANSPORTATION, KONNI BURTON SHOULD STOP DODGING THE QUESTIONS OR PUT DOWN THE TEA PARTY HANDBOOK

In the race for Senate District 10, Tarrant County voters have an opportunity to elect a new state senator that will vote next legislative session on a number of important issues, including our public schools, water and transportation. Voters need a knowledgeable and responsive state senator who is ready to step up and solve problems.

From Libby Willis Campaign


September 11, 2014

TDP: ICYMI: DEMOCRATS TESTIFY IN VOTER ID TRIAL

In case you missed it, last week the Texas voter ID trial began in Corpus Christi where U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos is hearing arguments on one of the harshest voter ID laws in the country signed into law by Governor Perry in 2011.

From Texas Democratic Party


September 10, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: MAKES SENIOR STAFF CHANGES

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today announced three senior staff changes in his Washington, D.C. office. Chip Roy, who has served as Sen. Cruz’s chief of staff since December 2012, will become senior advisor and take on a larger role in the senator’s political operations.

From Senator Ted Cruz


September 10, 2014

AARP TEXAS: RELEASES VOTERS' GUIDE TO 2014 GOVERNOR'S RACE

In an effort to help voters cut through the political campaign clutter, AARP Texas today unveiled a 2014 Voters’ Guide that is focused on what the candidates for governor are saying about health and financial security.

From AARP Texas


September 10, 2014

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: SERIOUS FLAWS IN PROPOSED TEXAS TEXTBOOKS

Social studies textbooks under state consideration for public schools this year include serious distortions of history and contemporary issues on topics ranging from religion and democracy to the free enterprise system and affirmative action, according to scholars who reviewed the new instructional materials for the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund.

From Texas Freedom Network


September 10, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ICYMI: TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD ARRIVES AT BORDER IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION STRONG SAFETY

The Texas Military Forces (TMF) report the first group of Texas National Guard (TXNG) soldiers and airmen have arrived along the Texas-Mexico border to take up observational posts in support of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Operation Strong Safety.

From Office of the Governor


September 10, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: WATCH: WENDY DAVIS RESPONDS TO CRITICS

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) subtly rejected allegations that she fabricated the account of her two medically-induced abortions she revealed in her new memoir in an interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Tuesday.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 10, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL PRESCHOOL EXPANSION GRANT

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has notified the U.S. Department of Education that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will submit an application for a federal preschool expansion grant.

From Texas Education Agency


September 10, 2014

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES: RIGHT WING MEN ATTACK WENDY DAVIS: DISMISS THE PERSONAL STORIES OF TEXAS WOMEN, AGAIN

With a predictability you could set a clock to, Right Wing men have begun to attack Senator Wendy Davis for bravely sharing her very personal story of the painful loss of a much wanted pregnancy.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


September 10, 2014

JODEY ARRINGTON CAMPAIGN: ARRINGTON STATEMENT ON SD 28 ELECTION RESULTS

"This has been a wonderful experience for my family and me. We met thousands of great people throughout the District and made a lot of new friends in the process.

From Jodey Arrington Campaign


September 10, 2014

TEXAS ASIAN REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY: ENDORSES ABBOTT FOR GOVERNOR

The Texas Asian Republican Assembly announces its proud endorsement of Greg Abbott for Governor. Abbott is currently the Attorney General of Texas and the Republican nominee for Texas Governor.

From Texas Asian Republican Assembly


September 10, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: OBJECTS TO DEMOCRATS ATTEMPT TO REPEAL FREE SPEECH PROTECTIONS

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the bill Democrats introduced earlier this week to amend the free speech provisions of the First Amendment.

From Senator Ted Cruz


September 10, 2014

TDP: DEMOCRATS ASK REPUBLICANS TO HELP ENGAGE TEXAS STUDENTS IN THEIR DEMOCRACY

Today, the Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party Gilberto Hinojosa sent a letter to the Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri asking him to co-sign a letter to Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry regarding election code Sec. 13.046.

From Texas Democratic Party


September 10, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST STATEMENT TO THE BUSINESS & COMMERCE COMMITTEE

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst paid a surprise visit to a Business & Commerce Committee hearing and, with the permission of the Chair, Senator Kevin Eltife, made a statement to committee members on the challenges posed by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA), whose insured obligations have grown rapidly since January 2003, from about 85,000 policies representing $16 billion, to more than 270,000 polices representing almost $77 billion.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


September 9, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: TEXAS RETAILERS ASSOCIATION PAC ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Today, the Texas Retailers Association Political Action Committee (TRAPAC) announced its endorsement of Ken Paxton for Attorney General in the November 4th general election. “TRAPAC is proud to endorse Ken Paxton for Attorney General in the November 2014 general election and we wish him much success on election day,” said Gary Huddleston, Chairman of the Texas Retailers Association PAC.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


September 9, 2014

GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL LLP: WELCOMES PARTER ARCIE JORDAN TO THE FIRM'S AUSTIN OFFICE

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to welcome Arcie I. Jordan as a corporate partner in the Firm’s Austin office. Ms. Jordan joins Gardere from Jackson Walker LLP and brings more than 20 years’ experience in counseling a broad spectrum of companies expanding internationally to and from the United States.

From Gardere Wynn Sewell, LLP


September 9, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE TONY DALE: ANNOUNCES NEW LEGISLATIVE AGENDA TO HELP VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

State Representative Tony Dale today unveiled part of his legislative agenda for the next session. “Sexual assault is a particularly cruel and violent crime that can have a lasting negative impact on victims.

From Representative Tony Dale


September 9, 2014

MARY ANN PEREZ CAMPAIGN: A WIN FOR WOMEN-EMILY'S LIST ENDORSES REPRESENTATIVE MARY ANN PEREZ

EMILY’s List, the renowned organization that elevates women in politics, endorsed State Representative Mary Ann Perez for her re-election to HD144. Due to her strong record of empowering women and girls and keeping their priorities at heart while in Austin, EMILY’s List has confidently put their support behind Mary Ann.

From Mary Ann Perez Campaign


September 9, 2014

TEXANS FOR LAWSUIT REFORM PAC: ENDORSES WAYNE FAIRCLOTH IN HD 23

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC today endorsed Wayne Faircloth for State Representative in House District 23. Wayne Faircloth is a successful business owner who knows what it takes to create jobs and he understands the importance of lawsuit reform in strengthening the Texas economy

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC


September 9, 2014

AARP TEXAS: AND AUSTIN UP TO HOST AUSTIN MAYORAL CANDIDATE FORUM

AARP Texas and AustinUP announced today that they will host an Austin Mayoral Candidate Forum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6, at the newly renovated Alamo Drafthouse, located at 1120 S. Lamar Blvd. in Austin.

From AARP Texas


September 9, 2014

STEVE BROWN CAMPAIGN: BROWN PROPOSES WATER CONSERVATION PLAN TO ELIMINATE FRESHWATER FRACKING AND REDUCE WATER CONTAMINATION BY 2020

Steve Brown, Democratic nominee for Railroad Commissioner, announces a plan designed to protect our most precious natural resource – water. Brown’s plan completely eliminates the use of freshwater for hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”), reduces permits for disposal wells and protects our water from contamination all by 2020.

From Steve Brown Campaign


September 9, 2014

TEXAS ALLIANCE FOR PATIENT ACCESS: TEXAS LICENSES A RECORD NUMBER OF NEW PHYSICIANS AT 11-YEAR MARK OF LIABILITY REFORMS

The Texas Medical Board licensed a record 3,994 new physicians for the fiscal year that ended last month. The board licensed 400 more doctors this year than last, said Austin internist Howard Marcus, M.D, chairman of Texas Alliance For Patient Access.

From Texas Alliance for Patient Access


September 9, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: COLLIER UNVEILS SECOND POLICY INITIATIVE TO PROTECT TAXPAYER RIGHTS

Today Mike Collier released his second policy initiative to protect Taxpayer Rights and released the following statement: "Texans have the right to know how much money the state is collecting and how it is being spent.

From Mike Collier Campaign


September 9, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY PROMOTES TEXAS' WORLD-CLASS BUSINESS CLIMATE IN BEIJING

Gov. Rick Perry spent his first full day in Beijing promoting Texas’ world-class business climate and economic opportunities at an Invest in Texas forum and in meetings with officials from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

From Office of the Governor


September 9, 2014

COLE BALLWEG CAMPAIGN: BALLWEG WINS FIREFIGHTER ENDORSEMENT

Citing his commitment to public safety, the Arlington Professional Firefighters announced that it is backing Cole Ballweg for State Representative in House District 94. "Cole's commitment to public safety and understanding of our issues are what ultimately led to our endorsement" said David Crow, President of the Arlington Professional Firefighters.

From Cole Ballweg Campaign


September 9, 2014

TDP: PERRY TRAVELS TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD

Yesterday, Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry began his trip across the world to Tokyo and Beijing as he continues to prepare for his inevitable run for president in 2016. [Dallas Morning News, 9/4/2014]

From Texas Democratic Party


September 9, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: LT. GOVERNOR DEWHURST APPOINTS ROSIE COLLIN TO THE OFFICE OF SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE ADVISORY TASK FORCE

Today, Lt. Governor Dewhurst appointed Rosie Collin, of Corpus Christi, to the Office of Small Business Assistance Advisory Task Force for a term to expire on June 14, 2015. Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa issued the following statement:

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


September 8, 2014

TEXAS PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP: NEW CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES TO GET BIG MONEY OUT OF POLITICS

As the U.S. Senate debates a key measure to reduce the dominance of megadonors and Super PACs in our elections, today local advocates calls for the end of big money in politics, and for new policies to increase the impact of small donors.

From Texas Public Interest Research Group


September 8, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: DISCUSSES HIS BILL TO STRIP CITIZENSHIP FROM AMERICANS WHO JOIN ISIS

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today filed the Expatriate Terrorist Act (E.T.A.) of 2014 to prevent Americans who join ISIS from returning to the United States. Below is the full video of his Senate floor speech and excerpts.

From Senator Ted Cruz


September 8, 2014

TDP: LEAVE LAW ENFORCEMENT TO THE PROS

Yesterday, the Associated Press published a story on law enforcement agencies policing the Rio Grande. The takeaway? Law enforcement should be left to the pros. [Associated Press, 9/7/2014]

From Texas Democratic Party


September 8, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: TEXAS COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE

A recent report from the Office of the Comptroller brings more good economic news for Texas. Despite a sluggish U.S. economy, the Texas economy remains strong and is fueling a boom in commercial real estate.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


September 8, 2014

GLASSHOUSE POLICY: FIRST EVER FULLY CROWD-SOURCED AND COLLABORATIVE THINK TANK LAUNCHES IN AUSTIN

Glasshouse Policy, the nation’s first ever fully crowd-sourced and collaborative think tank, launched today in Austin, and it’s taking on the devastating wildfires in Bastrop, the ongoing drought, and the tragic explosion in West as it tackles the think tank’s first topic – fire.

From Glasshouse Policy


September 8, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: PORTER EXPOSES PUTIN PLOT TO HURT TEXAS ECONOMY

Commissioner David Porter of the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) sent a letter today to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry questioning the extent to which the State Department is enforcing its sanction against a rogue Russian oil and gas cartel, and protecting U.S. interests.

From Texas Railroad Commission


September 8, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: VOTER ID/REDISTRICTING UPDATE

The Lone Star Project helps support the lead plaintiffs challenging the Texas voter photo ID law and also provides financial, research and technical support to a major plaintiff group in the congressional redistricting litigation still moving through federal court.

From Lone Star Project


September 8, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS/TEXAS ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Texas office announced its endorsement of Republican Ken Paxton for Attorney General. The endorsement of Paxton comes from NFIB SAFE (Save America's Free Enterprise) Trust, the organization's political action committee.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


September 8, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT'S TEC REQUEST HYPOCRITICAL

Greg Abbott’s request to the Texas Ethics Commission regarding Wendy Davis’s book is designed to hide his own conflicts of interest and fear of exposure.

From Lone Star Project


September 8, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: GMA: WENDY DAVIS TELLS HER STORY OF CHALLENGES AND TRIUMPHS

Davis reveals how deeply her mother was impacted by her father leaving and discusses a great tragedy her family suffered, recounting the intimate and painful experience of losing a much-wanted child.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 8, 2014

TDP: REPUBLICANS ON THE WRONG SIDE OF EDUCATION FUNDING

In late August, State District Judge John Dietz handed down his decision in the case challenging the Texas school finance system. Dietz ruled the school finance system unconstitutional.

From Texas Democratic Party


September 8, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY PROMOTES STRONGER ECONOMIC TIES BETWEEN TEXAS AND JAPAN

Gov. Perry is in Tokyo promoting stronger economic ties between Texas and Japan. Japan is already one of Texas’ largest trading partners and Gov. Perry told members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan today there is room for that partnership to grow.

From Office of the Governor


September 8, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: TO HOST EDUCATION TOWN HALL

State Representative Ron Simmons will host an education town hall meeting on Monday, September 15th, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM in House District 65, located at the MCL Grand Theater at 100 N. Charles St., Lewisville, TX 75057.

From Representative Ron Simmons


September 8, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: WE NEED A STRATGEY

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the President's interview that aired this morning:

From Senator Ted Cruz


September 8, 2014

ANNIE'S LIST: APPLAUDS WENDY DAVIS' COURAGE

Today, Annie's List Interim Executive Director Patsy Woods Martin released the following statement regarding Wendy Davis' personal memoir:

From Annie's List


September 8, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: VIDEO: DAVIS DISCUSSES TRAGIC LOSS OF DAUGHTER WITH ABC'S ROBIN ROBERTS

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who made national headlines last year after her marathon filibuster against a bill that would have restricted women's access to abortions, made a "difficult decision" when she had an abortion in the 1990s, she told "Good Morning America's" Robin Roberts in an exclusive interview.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 8, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JASON VILLALBA: STATEMENT ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DELEGATION TRIP TO ASIA

Texas State Representative Jason Villalba (District 114) released the following statement regarding the announcement that he will travel to Asia as part of an economic development delegation led by Gov. Rick Perry and the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Division:

From Representative Jason Villalba


September 5, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY REAPPOINTS O'NEAL AS TEXAS STATE HISTORIAN

Gov. Rick Perry has reappointed Bill O’Neal of Carthage as Texas State Historian for a term to expire two years from the date of his honoring ceremony. O’Neal is an award-winning non-fiction author and a retired history instructor at Panola College.

From Office of the Governor


September 5, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST APPOINTS SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON TO SENATE COMMITTEES

Today, Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst issued the following statement after appointing Senator Brandon Creighton to three Senate committees.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


September 5, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: RELEASES 2013-2014 FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY RATINGS

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released financial accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters across the state. The 2013-2014 ratings are based on annual financial reports provided to TEA by districts and charters from the 2012-2013 school year.

From Texas Education Agency


September 5, 2014

JODEY ARRINGTON CAMPAIGN: FORMER ABILENE MAYOR GARY MCCALEB ENDORSES JODEY ARRINGTON FOR SD 28

Today, Jodey Arrington, a lifelong West Texas conservative, former Texas Tech Vice Chancellor and Senior Advisor to George W. Bush, announced that former Abilene Mayor Gary McCaleb has endorsed his campaign in the Special Election for State Senate District 28.

From Jodey Arrington Campaign


September 5, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY TO LEAD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DELEGATION IN ASIA

Gov. Rick Perry departs tomorrow for a one week economic development trip to Japan and China. While in Asia, the governor will work to expand economic opportunities for Texas starting with a speech on Monday to the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

From Office of the Governor


September 5, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: SHOT/CHASER: A TALE OF TWO CAMPAIGNS, UNIVERSITY EDITION

Republican attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks one-on-one with members of the media following his appearance at a Congress Avenue coffeehouse on July 10, 2014.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 5, 2014

TEXAS AFL-CIO PRAISES DAVIS, CRITICIZES ABBOTT OVER MINIMUM WAGE STANCES

Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller issued this statement in light of Sen. Wendy Davis's call for a $10 an hour minimum wage in Texas and Attorney General Greg Abbott's opposition to a minimum wage increase:

From Texas AFL-CIO


September 5, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: TO INTRODUCE BILL TO STOP AMERICANS WHO JOIN ISIS FROM RETURNING TO UNITED STATES

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced today his intent to file the Expatriate Terrorist Act (E.T.A.) of 2014 as soon as the Senate is called back into session on Monday, September 8th.

From Senator Ted Cruz


September 5, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: WATCH: AT UTSA STOP, DAVIS HIGHLIGHTS HER FIGHT FOR ALL TEXANS IN CONTRAST TO GREG ABBOTT WHO IS ONLY WORKING FOR INSIDERS

WATCH: At UTSA Stop, Davis Highlights Her Fight for All Texans In Contrast to Greg Abbott Who Is Only Working For Insiders

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 5, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MARY ANN PEREZ: IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTHS, PEREZ REITERATES SUPPORT FOR WOMEN'S ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES

Today, in recognition of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month during the month of September and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month during the month of October, State Representative Mary Ann Perez reiterated her support for women’s access to affordable health care in Texas.

From Representative Mary Ann Gonzalez


September 5, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: STATEMENT FROM BILL HAMMOND ON PROPOSED MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

The following statement is from Bill Hammond, CEO of the Texas Association of Business. “For many employers in Texas the minimum wage is merely a training wage.

From Texas Association of Business


September 5, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: CONVENES SENATE HISPANIC CAUCUS REGIONAL SUMMIT IN SAN ANTONIO

State Senator José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus, and state Senator Leticia Van de Putte will participate in a regional summit on Saturday with Latina/o-oriented policy taskforces.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


September 5, 2014

RYAN SITTON CAMPAIGN: SITTON, REPUBLICAN NOMINEE FOR RAILROAD COMMISSIONER, NAMED ONE OF MAVERICK PACS "FUTURE 40"

Ryan Sitton, Republican Nominee for Railroad Commissioner, was named today to Maverick PACs “Future 40” list of leaders across the country under forty years of age recognized for being the best and brightest in politics, business, law and entrepreneurship.

From Ryan Sitton Campaign


September 4, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: GLENN HEGAR TOOK THE EASY WAY OUT

Today the Texas Tribune reported about the historical accuracy of other Comptroller revenue estimates. [Texas Tribune, 9/4/14]

From Mike Collier Campaign


September 4, 2014

AUSTIN LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS: KICKS INTO HIGH GEAR

A busy year for the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area (LWVAA) will kick into even higher gear at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Annual Kickoff Event in the Trinity United Methodist Church Sanctuary, 4001 Speedway, Austin, TX 78751.

From Austin League of Women Voters


September 4, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT ACCOUNTABILITY?

A week ago, the Lone Star Project revealed that Greg Abbott has taken over 700 days off work since he’s been Texas Attorney General.

From Lone Star Project


September 4, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON: JENNIFER DEEGAN JOINS UTHEALTH'S GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS TEAM

Jennifer Deegan has been named the associate vice president for the Office of Governmental Relations at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

From The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston


September 4, 2014

TDP: ICYMI: VOTER ID LAW DISENFRANCHISES SENIOR CITIZENS

In case you missed it, this week the Texas voter ID trial began in Corpus Christi where U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos will hear arguments on one of the harshest voter ID laws in the country signed into law by Governor Perry in 2011.

From Texas Democratic Party


September 4, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE EDDIE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON TESLA'S NEVADA PICK

Statement from Rep. Eddie Rodriguez on Tesla: "I am very disappointed that Texas has lost out on a multi-billion dollar Tesla 'gigafactory' that would have brought thousands of new jobs to our state -- and an opportunity to join Tesla as a leader in the electric vehicle market.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez


September 4, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: MILTON WHITLEY: IT'S NOT IN MY NATURE TO ACCEPT DEFEAT

Born to a family of sharecroppers, Democratic legislative candidate Milton Whitley was the first in his family to go to college.

From Battleground Texas


September 4, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS RUSSELL TO STATE COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed David Russell of Dripping Springs to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for a term to expire Nov. 19, 2019.

From Office of the Governor


September 4, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS AMARAL TO TEXAS JUDICIAL COUNCIL

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Carlos Amaral of Plano to the Texas Judicial Council for a term to expire June 30, 2017. The council studies and reports on the organization and practices of the Texas judicial system.

From Office of the Governor


September 4, 2014

TEXAS VALUES: FEDERAL JUDGE UPHOLDS LOUISIANA MARRIAGE LAWS AS CONSTITUTIONAL

A federal judge in Louisiana has upheld its state’s marriage laws defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

From Texas Values


September 4, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS SWEETEN AS PRESIDING OFFICER OF HIDLAGO COUNTY REGIONAL MOBILITY AUTHORITY

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Randy Sweeten of McAllen as presiding officer of the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2016.

From Office of the Governor


September 3, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS POLITICAL ARM ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

The political arm of the Texas Association of Business today announced its endorsement of Republican Ken Paxton for Attorney General. With more than 4,000 business members and their 600,000+ employees, the Texas Association of Business works to improve the Texas business climate and to help make our state's economy the strongest in the world.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


September 3, 2014

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT: WARNS SCHOOL CLOSURES WOULD BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL

The Texas Civil Rights Project released a report today, warning the Austin Independent School District (AISD) that closing schools in East Austin would violate those students’ civil rights.

From Texas Civil Rights Project


September 3, 2014

TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE: NANDITA BERRY KICKS OFF VOTE TEXAS CAMPAIGN FOR THE NOVEMBER 4 ELECTION

Coinciding with the Labor Day holiday and traditional beginning of the political season, Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry embarked on the General Election phase of the Vote Texas campaign.

From Texas Secretary of State


September 3, 2014

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: GOVERNOR'S VETO A HOT TOPIC AT UPCOMING TEXAS HISTORY SYMPOSIUM

The governor of Texas faces charges for misapplying his veto power and makes national headlines. Though that may sound like recent news, it’s not. It’s front page material from nearly a hundred years ago.

From Texas General Land Office


September 3, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: SPOKESMAN STATEMENT ON SEPT. 30TH KERA DEBATE

Today, Wendy Davis campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas issued the following statement: "After a conversation with KERA this morning, we have agreed to a debate format that should give Greg Abbott the confidence he needs after his multiple losses in the courtroom over the past week,"said spokesman Zac Petkanas.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 3, 2014

TEXANS FOR LAWSUIT REFORM PAC: ENDORSES STATE SENATOR GLENN HEGAR FOR TEXAS COMPTROLLER

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC today endorsed State Senator Glenn Hegar for Texas Comptroller. In making the endorsement, TLRPAC Board Chairman Richard J. Trabulsi, Jr., said:

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC


September 3, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY PRESENTS STAR OF TEXAS AWARDS TO TEXAS FIRST RESPONDERS

Gov. Rick Perry today presented the Star of Texas Awards, which honor peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.

From Office of the Governor


September 3, 2014

JODEY ARRINGTON CAMPAIGN: CHARLES PERRY RETRACTS BOGUS WATER CLAIMS AND CHANGES WEBSITE AFTER ARRINGTON CHALLENGE

State Rep. Charles Perry has retracted bogus claims that he ‘co-authored and helped pass’ the state water plan after Jodey Arrington began running a new television ad challenging Perry’s lack of leadership and accomplishments on water.

From Jodey Arrington Campaign


September 3, 2014

CHARLES PERRY CAMPAIGN: PERRY MAINTAINS COMMANDING LEAD IN SENATE RACE

Today, Senate Candidate and State Representative, Charles Perry released some impressive numbers that will show up on his 8-day finance report.

From Charles Perry Campaign


September 3, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: WATCH: DAVIS RALLIES U OF H: "ABBOTT A PART OF OLD INSIDER NETWORK"

Davis: "It's not that my opponent doesn't work hard, it's that he's working hard against you."

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 3, 2014

KIM GONZALEZ CAMPAIGN: VOTER ID LAW CAN'T KEEP US FROM THE POLLS

Kim Gonzalez issued the following statement regarding the first day of Texas’ historic voter ID trial: “My opponent, and his political party, might be afraid of what happens when voters go to the polls, but I’m not.

From Kim Gonzalez Campaign


September 3, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: WHAT ABOUT THE NUMBERS GLENN?

Mike Collier’s Campaign Manager Zach Brigham released the following statement: “Glenn Hegar is not just a rice farmer, he is also a career politician. It’s clear from his new ad that Hegar has deep roots in agriculture.

From Mike Collier Campaign


September 3, 2014

CAROL DONOVAN CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON TEXAS VOTER ID TRIAL

Carol Donovan issued the following statement on the first day of Texas’ Voter ID trial: “Republicans may think they can keep voters away from the polls, but unlike them, I’m not afraid of what happens when every voter casts a ballot.

From Carol Donovan Campaign


September 3, 2014

MILTON WHITLEY CAMPAIGN: EVERY ELIGIBLE VOTER MUST BE ABLE TO MAKE THEIR VOICE HEARD

Milton Whitley issued the following statement following the first day of Texas’ voter ID trial. “Cindy Burkett and her political party might be afraid of what happens when voters go to the polls, but I’m not.

From Milton Whitley Campaign


September 3, 2014

SUSAN MOTLEY CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON VOTER ID TRIAL

Susan Motley issued the following statement on the first day of Texas’ voter ID trial: “Few things are more important in our democracy than the right to vote.

From Susan Motley Campaign


September 3, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: WFAA PRESIDENT SLAMS ABBOTT OVER BREAKING DEBATE COMMITMENT

Key Point: WFAA President and General Manager Mike Devlin: "We expect people running for the governorship to behave in an honorable fashion. At a certain point when you are dealing with somebody who doesn't keep commitments, why would we keep going back?"

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 3, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: SPOKESMAN ON WFAA NO LONGER PURSUING DEBATE AFTER ABBOTT BROKE HIS WORK AND PULLED OUT

Wendy Davis campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas issued the following statement: "If Greg Abbott isn't tough enough to handle a roundtable discussion in front of a statewide audience, it's hard to see how he's tough enough to be Governor of Texas," said campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 2, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: WE ARE FIGHTING TO MAKE SURE EVERY VOTE COUNTS

Battleground Texas Executive Director Jenn Brown issued the following statement as the first day of the trial on Texas’ voter ID law comes to a close:

From Battleground Texas


September 2, 2014

TDP: 2016 TRIP ADVISOR: RICK PERRY'S DAY OUT IN IOWA

It was a busy Labor Day for Rick Perry in Iowa yesterday and its only busier today. With four events scheduled around the state today, Rick Perry is ready to put on a big show.

From Texas Democratic Party


September 2, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: TEXAS FARM BUREAU 9AGFUND) ENDORSES DAN PATRICK

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, today received the endorsement of the Texas Farm Bureau, Friends of Agriculture Fund (AGFUND), Inc.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


September 2, 2014

ANNIE'S LIST: PATSY WOODS MARTIN: WE KNOW BETTER THAN TO BELIEVE GREG ABBOTT WILL FIGHT FOR TEXANS

Today, gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott released a TV ad talking about his efforts to climb to the top of a parking garage in a wheelchair.

From Annie's List


September 2, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY NAMES ARAMBULA CHAIR OF TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD

Gov. Rick Perry has named Michael Arambula of San Antonio chair and appointed John Guerra of Mission to the Texas Medical Board.

From Office of the Governor


September 2, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: FACT SHEET ON ABBOTT EDUCATION PLAN

The fact sheet below may be helpful as you cover Greg Abbott's appearance at the University of Dallas later this afternoon.

From Lone Star Project


September 2, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: SPOKESMAN ON STATUS OF THE SEPT. 30TH WFAA DEBATE

Today, Wendy Davis campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas issued the following statement on the status of the September 30th WFAA debate:

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 2, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: COLLIER UNVEILS FIRST OF SEVEN POLICY INITIATIVES TO PROTECT TAXPAYER RIGHTS

Yesterday Mike Collier launched his seven policy priorities for the Comptroller’s Office to protect Taxpayer Rights. Today he released the first of seven policy initiatives he will pursue once he’s in office.

From Mike Collier Campaign


September 2, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT - ACCOUNTABILITY ESCAPE ARTIST

During Greg Abbott’s nearly 20 years in political office drawing a state paycheck, he has spent only 30 minutes participating in public debates during general elections.

From Lone Star Project


September 2, 2014

TONY DALE CAMPAIGN: DEMOCRAT NOMINEE FOR TEXAS HOUSE DOESN'T PAY TAXES

John H. Bucy, III, the Democratic nominee for Texas House, District 136 in Williamson County, apparently failed to pay his taxes for at least 4 years and owes over $160,000 to the IRS. According to the IRS tax lien filed with the Travis County Clerk, Mr. Bucy owes personal income taxes dating as far back as 2008 and as recently as 2011.

From Tony Dale Campaign


September 2, 2014

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS ON THE VOTER ID TRIAL

Today, the Texas voter ID trial begins in Corpus Christi where U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos will hear arguments on one of the harshest voter ID laws in the country signed into law by Governor Perry in 2011. [Associated Press, 8/30/2014]

From Texas Democratic Party


September 2, 2014

WATER CONSERVATION ADVISORY COUNCIL: ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 BLUE LEGACY AWARDS IN WATER

The Water Conservation Advisory Council (Council) announced the opening of the nomination period for the Blue Legacy Awards in municipal, agricultural and manufacturing water conservation.

From Water Conservation Advisory Council


September 2, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS STATEMENT ON LABOR DAY

Wendy Davis released the following statement in celebration of Labor Day: "This Labor Day, we celebrate the legacy of the hardworking men and women who have helped build Texas and create an enduring foundation for prosperity.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 2, 2014

PETE GALLEGO CAMPAIGN: RELEASES 1ST TV AD

Today, the campaign of Congressman Pete Gallego (TX23) went up on the air with their first TV ad featuring Rep. Gallego's nine-year old son, Nicolas.

From Pete Gallego Campaign


September 2, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: STATEMENT ON TEXAS VOTER ID TRIAL

Battleground Texas Executive Director Jenn Brown issued the following statement today, in anticipation of tomorrow’s trial over whether or not Texas’ voter ID law is discriminatory.

From Battleground Texas


September 2, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE HONORS TEXAS WORKERS ON LABOR DAY

This weekend, Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor joined in the celebration of Labor Day with members of the AFL-CIO and organized labor. During visits to Pasadena, Corpus Christi, Dallas, and later today in her hometown of San Antonio, Leticia honored the accomplishments of the men and women who have built Texas.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


September 2, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: WATCH: SCHOOL FINANCE RULING IS "BIG DEFEAT" FOR GREG ABBOTT, COULD BE "GAME CHANGER"

Abbott should "stop dithering" and "decline to appeal" lawsuit in which he fought $5.4 billion in public education cuts, protecting overcrowded classrooms, teacher layoffs, and school closings

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 2, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: COLLIER UNVEILS HIS PLAN TO PROTECT TAXPAYER RIGHTS

This Labor Day Mike Collier launched his plan to pursue seven policy priorities in the Comptroller’s Office to protect Taxpayer Rights. Each week the Collier Campaign will release Mike’s plan regarding one of these seven priorities.

From Mike Collier Campaign


September 2, 2014

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE LABOR DAY

Today, our country celebrates Labor Day, a day to commemorate labor unions and the members who fought to make the workplace better for everyone. Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


September 2, 2014

TEXAS CATHOLIC CONFERENCE: TEXAS BISHOPS DISAPPOINTED AS COURT RULES AGAINST REGULATION OF ABORTION CLINICS

Texas' Catholic Bishops expressed disappointment at a U.S. District Court ruling that voided a provision of one of the nation's strongest pro-life laws for protecting the unborn and ensuring the health of Texas women.

From Texas Catholic Conference


September 2, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DAN FLYNN: AG OPINION PUTS CITY PLASTIC BAG BAN AT RISK

Attorney General Greg Abbott today agreed with Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) and issued an opinion stating that Texas courts would likely find that state law has been violated by city ordinances on plastic bag bans and fees for the use of such bags. Abbott's opinion (GA-1078) was requested by Flynn in March of this year.

From Representative Dan Flynn


September 2, 2014

KATHIE GLASS CAMPAIGN: GLASS SOLVES DEBATE PROBLEMS OF ABBOTT AND DAVIS

Kathie Glass, Libertarian for Texas Governor, the only proven debater in the 2014 gubernatorial race, proposed a solution to the debate problems of Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis.

From Kathie Glass Campaign


September 2, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: SPOKESMAN STATEMENT ON DEBATES

Today Wendy Davis spokesman Zac Petkanas issued the following statement on debates: "There have been reports that the Abbott campaign has 'committed' to another debate, but as we learned today Greg Abbott's commitments don't mean very much.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 2, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS ISSUES STATEMENT ON HB 2 RULING

Wendy Davis issued the following statement in response to today's HB 2 ruling: "Today's decision is a victory for women's health care.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


September 2, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

State Sen. Donna Campbell's statement on Judge Dietz's ruling: "The endless litigation over appropriations to fund our schools comes at great expense to Texas taxpayers and to students in the classroom.

From Senator Donna Campbell


September 2, 2014

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: PRAISES DECISION TO UPHOLD WOMEN'S HEALTH RIGHTS

Today, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel struck down a portion of House Bill 2 requiring abortion clinics to become ambulatory surgical centers because the provision places an unconstitutional undue burden on women's access to an important health care option.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


September 2, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST ON U.S. DISTRICT COURT'S RULING ON HOUSE BILL 2

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst released the following statement on United States District Court Judge Lee Yeakel's ruling to overturn provisions of HB2, a bill to protect the health of Texas women and defend the unborn:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


September 2, 2014

SENATOR KIRK WATSON: JUDGE: ABORTION CLINIC REQUIREMENTS CREATE UNDUE BURDEN FOR WOMEN

The following is a statement from Sen. Kirk Watson following Friday's ruling from U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel striking down key provisions of House Bill 2: House Bill 2 was not about protecting women's health.

From Senator Kirk Watson


August 29, 2014

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: DEWHURST APPOINTS ZAFFIRINI CO-CHAIR OF JOINT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION GOVERNANCE, EXCELLENCE, AND TRANSPARENCY

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst this week promoted Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, to Co-Chair of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence, and Transparency (HEGET).

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


August 29, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE: SENATOR VAN DE PUTTE COMMENTS ON CONSEQUENCES OF PERRY-PATRICK DEPLOYMENT OF NATIONAL GUARD

Today, the San Antonio Express News reported that National Guard troops deployed to the border by Governor Rick Perry are requesting food and gas resources from the RGV Food Bank because they haven’t been paid in weeks. [San Antonio Express-News, 8/29/2014]

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 29, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: STATE OFFICIALS REFUSE TO GET THE NUMBERS RIGHT

Yesterday, State District Judge John Dietz ruled that Texas’ school finance system is unconstitutional. [Houston Chronicle, 8/28/2014] Today, Mike Collier released the following statement:

From Mike Collier Campaign


August 29, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: MAKES APPOINTMENTS TO ESF COMMITTEE

Speaker Joe Straus today named five Members of the Texas House to a committee that will recommend a minimum balance for the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF). The Select Committee to Determine a Sufficient Balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund was created by legislation passed in 2013.

From Speaker Joe Straus


August 29, 2014

ANNIE'S LIST: GREG ABBOTT TOO SCARED TO DEFEND HIS RECORD

Having committed to debate Wendy Davis on WFAA, Greg Abbott backed out of that agreement today. In doing so, Abbott is robbing Texas voters of the chance to hear directly from both candidates for Governor on the issues at hand.

From Annie's List


August 29, 2014

JODEY ARRINGTON CAMPAIGN: NEW ARRINGTON TV AD CONFRONTS CHARLES PERRY FOR VOTING AGAINST IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STATE WATER PLAN

Today,   Jodey  Arrington,   a  former   Texas   Tech   Vice   Chancellor,   Senior   Advisor   to   President   George   W.   Bush,   and   lifelong   West   Texas   conservative,   launched  a  new  television  ad  confronting  State  Rep.  Charles  Perry  for  voting  against   implementation  of  the  State  Water  Plan  last  session  and  writing  an  OPED  saying  the   Legislature  should  punt  on  water  funding  until  2015.        

From Jodey Arrington Campaign


August 29, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS ERMATINGER AS JUDGE 443RD JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Cindy Ermatinger of Midlothian as judge of the 443rd Judicial District Court in Ellis County effective Sept. 2, 2014, for a term to expire at the next general election.

From Office of the Governor


August 29, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS MILES TO TEXAS BOARD OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Larry Miles of Amarillo to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice for a term to expire Feb.1, 2017. The board oversees the operations of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

From Office of the Governor


August 29, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT'S RENEGING ON PLEDGE TO DEBATE IS AN ACT OF COWARDICE

In Texas, we don’t call anyone a coward, unless we mean it and can back it up. Greg Abbott is a coward.

From Lone Star Project


August 29, 2014

TDP: RICK PERRY BETRAYS OUR TROOPS

Today the San Antonio Express News reported that around 50 National Guard troops who were deployed to the border by Governor Rick Perry haven’t been paid in weeks.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 29, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: STATEMENT: ABBOTT DOESN'T CARE ABOUT TEXAS VOTERS

Erica Sackin, spokeswoman for Battleground Texas, issued the following statement today in response to the news that Greg Abbott backed out of the only statewide televised debate against Wendy Davis:

From Battleground Texas


August 29, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: GOP TX STATE SENATOR SLAMS ABBOTT ON DEBATE PULLOUT: "EMBARRASSING", "CAN'T OR WON'T DEFEND HIS POSITION ON THE ISSUES"

"This is one more embarrassing move by a Republican candidate that either can't or won't defend his position on the issues." - State Senator John Carona

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 29, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS SPOKESMAN: GREG ABBOTT TOO AFRAID TO DEFEND RECORD OF SIDING WITH INSIDERS AT EXPENSE OF TEXANS IN DEBATE

Wendy Davis spokesperson Zac Petkanas issued the following statement after Greg Abbott pulled out of the WFAA statewide debate:

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 29, 2014

TDP: ABBOTT IS A COWARD

Today, Greg Abbott the Republican nominee for governor backed out of a scheduled debate with Democratic nominee, Wendy Davis. The debate scheduled for September 30 was set to be the only statewide televised debate. [WFAA, 8/29/2014]

From Texas Democratic Party


August 29, 2014

TEXAS AFT: STATEMENT OF TEXAS AFT PRESIDENT LINDA BRIDGES ON ENDORSEMENT OF GREG WORTHAM FOR TEXAS SENATE IN SEPTEMBER 9 SPECIAL ELECTION

As president of the Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, I am pleased to announce Texas AFT’s endorsement of Greg Wortham in the Senate District 28 special election.

From Texas AFT


August 29, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ARMANDO WALLE: RESPONDS TO SCHOOL FINANCE DECISION

Today, State Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston) released the following statement on today's ruling by Judge John Dietz in the ongoing school finance litigation:

From Representative Armando Walle


August 29, 2014

GREG WORTHAM CAMPAIGN: WORTHAM STATEMENT ON THE SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

"Only one candidate in this race voted for the unnecessary public education cuts that resulted in this ruling - Charles Perry. That same candidate – Charles Perry – has taken a $50,000 campaign contribution from a special interest group that wants to funnel even more money out of our public schools.

From Greg Wortham Campaign


August 29, 2014

MOAK, CASEY & ASSOCIATES: TEXAS SCHOOL FINANCE SYSTEM RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL

State District Judge John Dietz ruled today that the Texas school finance system is unconstitutional.

From Moak, Casey & Associates


August 29, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT PANICS AS BORDER DEBATE NEARS

It’s no secret that Greg Abbott has been having real trouble generating support from Hispanic voters, particularly Texans who live near our border.

From Lone Star Project


August 29, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: TEACHES VOTERS HOW TO REGISTER; HOLDS 100 VOTER REGISTRATION EVENTS THIS WEEKEND

Battleground Texas launched its bilingual voter education program today, with two 90-second videos that walk eligible Texans through the easy process of how to register to vote.

From Battleground Texas


August 29, 2014

TEXAS VALUES: DENIED: HOUSTON MAYOR, CITY LOSE AGAIN ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE, BENEFITS

Late yesterday, a federal court judge ruled against the City of Houston and lesbian mayor Annise Parker, in a case about Mayor Parker trying to force same-sex benefits on the city in violation of state law.

From Texas Values


August 29, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: SENATOR DAN PATRICK MAKES A STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor makes the following statement regarding today’s school financing ruling:

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 29, 2014

LIBBY WILLIS CAMPAIGN: WILLIS STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE RULING: "IT'S TIME FOR THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE TO DO ITS PART."

Today, Judge John Dietz, presiding judge of the 250th District Court of Travis County, released his ruling in the school finance trial. In the opinion, Judge Dietz found the state school finance system to be "constitutionally inadequate."

From Libby Willis Campaign


August 29, 2014

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: APPLAUDS COURT DECISION IN FAVOR OF TEXAS SCHOOLS

Today, Judge Dietz ruled in favor of the more than 600 school districts who sued the state over its inadequate and inequitable school finance system. This is the seventh time the state has been sued for improperly funding public schools.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


August 29, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ABEL HERRERO: TEXAS SCHOOL FINANCE SYSTEM UNCONSTITUTIONAL

District Judge John Dietz ruled today in favor of school districts by finding the Texas school finance system violates the state constitution.

From Representative Abel Herrero


August 28, 2014

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: STATEMENT REGARDING THE SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

"Judge Dietz's ruling once again is telling us what we already know: Texas' school finance system is unconstitutional and a disservice to Texas students. The legislature should meet its responsibility and fix the system during the legislative session that convenes on January 13.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


August 28, 2014

TEXAS CHARTER SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION: DENIED AGAIN: JUDGE DIETZ DENIES CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENTS CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS IN LATEST RULING

The Honorable Judge Dietz issued his written ruling this afternoon after nearly two years of trial. “We agree wholeheartedly with the judge’s findings on adequacy. However, the judge got it wrong on specific charter claims, and it’s now time for the Texas Supreme Court to get it right,” said David Dunn, executive director of the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA).

From Texas Charter Schools Association


August 28, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS ANNOUNCES PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES

Today at the University of Texas at Arlington, Wendy Davis announced her proposal to ensure that our veterans and military families receive the support they have earned. Representative Nicole Collier and Kimberly Olson, Colonel, USAF (retired) joined Davis at the press conference.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 28, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: COURT EXPOSES ABBOTT'S CONTEMPT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The term “deadbeat” is used to describe adults who don’t fulfill their obligation to kids. Greg Abbott’s failure to fulfill his responsibility to help provide a good public education to Texas kids makes him the state’s biggest deadbeat.

From Lone Star Project


August 28, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

Today, State District Judge John Dietz ruled that Texas' school financing system is unconstitutional. Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa issued the following statement:

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


August 28, 2014

SENATOR KEL SELIGER: STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE DECISION

On Thursday, Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) issued the following statement in response to the school finance ruling made by State District Judge John Dietz.

From Senator Kel Seliger


August 28, 2014

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION RESOURCES : STATE IT AGENCY NAMES DEPUTY DIRECTOR

The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has named Todd Kimbriel as Deputy Executive Director of the agency, effective September 1. In this role, Kimbriel will also function as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the State of Texas.

From Texas Department of Information Resources


August 28, 2014

MATT KRAUSE CAMPAIGN: REPRESENTATIVE MATT KRAUSE FILES SUIT AGAINST TEXAS RACING COMMISSIONERS

Representative Matt Krause today filed suit against the individual Commissioners of the Texas Racing Commission. In addition, Representative Krause filed an application for a temporary restraining order to prevent the Commissioners from adopting rules which would implement "historical racing machines" in Texas.

From Matt Krause Campaign


August 28, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JASON VILLALBA: STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE DECISION

Texas State Representative Jason Villalba (District 114) released the following statement following today’s ruling by 250th District Court Judge John Dietz in the school finance lawsuit:

From Representative Jason Villalba


August 28, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE CAROL ALVARADO: STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

"Today's ruling that Texas' school finance system is unconstitutional reaffirms that Texas is shortchanging its children and our state's prosperity. Texas cannot maintain its ranking as the top state for job creation and growth when we continuously underfund our education infrastructure.

From Representative Carol Alvarado


August 28, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER MICHAEL WILLIAMS REGARDING RULING IN SCHOOL FINANCE CASE

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams issued the following statement regarding today’s ruling in the school finance case: “Today’s decision is just a first step on a very familiar path for school finance litigation in Texas.

From Texas Education Agency


August 28, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE TONY DALE: STATEMENT ON THE SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

"Today a Travis County Judge ruled on the school finance case which started in October 2012 prior to my election to the legislature.

From Representative Tony Dale


August 28, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE CHARLES "DOC" ANDERSON: APPOINTED CO-CHAIR OF THE FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION MANUFACTURERS RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE

State Representative Charles "Doc" Anderson and State Senator Craig Estes were recently appointed as Co-Chairmen of the Joint Interim Committee to Study Firearms and Ammunition Manufacturers Recruitment.

From Representative Charles "DOC" Anderson


August 28, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: STATEMENT FROM BILL HAMMOND REGARDING TODAY'S SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

The following statement may be attributed to Bill Hammond, CEO, Texas Association of Business. “It is a disappointment that this ruling does not appear to order the legislature to consider increased efficiencies in the system,” said Bill Hammond, CEO of the Texas Association of Business.

From Texas Association of Business


August 28, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON JUDGE DIETZ'S RULING REGARDING TEXAS SCHOOL FINANCE

State Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement regarding today’s ruling by District Judge John Dietz, in which he held that Texas’ school finance system was inequitable and inefficient, inadequate, and created a de facto state property tax:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


August 28, 2014

SENATOR EDDIE LUCIO, JR.: STATEMENT ON PUBLIC SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

Today (Thursday), Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education and member of the Senate Committee on Finance, releases the following statement responding to Austin state district court Judge John Dietz's updated school finance ruling, in which he ruled that the state's public school finance system is unconstitutionally inadequate for students and districts:

From Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.


August 28, 2014

TEXAS SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS: FIX SCHOOL FINANCE NOW

The following is a joint statement issued by the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus following the school finance ruling by state District Judge John Dietz:

From Texas Senate Democratic Caucus


August 28, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

Wendy Davis issued the following statement in response to the ruling by Judge John Dietz finding school funding inadequate: "Today is a victory for our schools, for the future of our state and for the promise of opportunity that's at the core of who we are as Texans.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 28, 2014

TEXAS SCHOOL COALITION: JUDGE ISSUES FINDINGS IN TEXAS SCHOOL FINANCE LAWSUIT

State District Judge John Dietz today issued a final judgment holding the state’s school finance system unconstitutional on several grounds, and an exhaustive set of findings of fact and conclusions of law articulating the rationale for his ruling.

From Texas School Coaltion


August 28, 2014

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: JUDGE DECLARES TEXAS SCHOOL FINANCE SYSTEM UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Today District Court Judge John Dietz declared the Texas school finance system to be unconstitutional on the grounds that it is inadequate and inefficient. Read the ruling here. In response to today's ruling, Center for Public Policy Priorities Executive Director Ann Beeson issued the following statement:

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


August 28, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE DECISION

Today, State District Judge John Dietz ruled that Texas’ system of funding neighborhood schools is unconstitutional. Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, issued the following statement:

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 28, 2014

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS ON SCHOOL FINANCE TRIAL DECISION

Today, State District Judge John Dietz handed down his decision in the case challenging the Texas school finance system. [Houston Chronicle, 8/28/2014] Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


August 28, 2014

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: STATEMENT ON JUDGE DIETZ'S SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement: "For too long, Texas has operated as a government by lawsuit: the biggest, most difficult issues facing our state are only addressed when mandated by a court," said Sen. Ellis.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


August 28, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: LIVESTRONG CANCER INSTITUTES

With new medical schools set to open in South Texas and in Austin, Texas is building a healthcare economy that we can all be proud of.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


August 28, 2014

GEORGE P. BUSH CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EPA EFFORT TO CIRCUMVENT CONGRESS AND WAGE WAR ON TEXAS ENERGY JOBS

“I am outraged by reports that President Obama may be trying to circumvent the United States Constitution and enact a climate change treaty with foreign nations without the consent of the U.S. Senate that will impact us here at home.

From George P. Bush Campaign


August 28, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: HOUSTON LEGISLATORS CALL OUT GREG ABBOTT FOR HELPING INSIDERS AT EXPENSE OF CANCER PATIENTS

Senator Sylvia Garcia, Representative Jessica Farrar, and candidate for the State Senate Rita Lucido today held a press conference in Houston to call out Greg Abbott for helping insiders at the expense of cancer patients.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 28, 2014

REPUBLICAN STATE LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE: AND MAVERICK PAC ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Today the Republican State Leadership Committee and Maverick PAC announced a groundbreaking partnership to identify and elect future leaders of the Republican Party. Through joint recruitment, tools and trainings, endorsements and support of each other’s events and conferences, this partnership will help build an infrastructure of support for the future of the GOP.

From Republican State Leadership Committee


August 28, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: CANCER RESEARCH FUND FOUNDER CATHY BONNER AND ANNIE'S LIST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PATSY WOODS MARTIN CALL OUT ABBOTT FOR HELPING INSIDERS AT EXPENSE OF CANCER PATIENTS

Following the release of the Davis campaign's new television ad, Cathy Bonner, founder of initiative that led to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), as well as a cancer survivor, and Annie's List Executive Director Patsy Woods Martin held a press conference in Austin to highlight how Greg Abbott has used his office to help insiders at the expense of cancer patients.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 28, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: EDITORIAL HAILS TEXAS AS "REAL MODEL FOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY"

Investors.com this week praised Texas as a real model for economic opportunity, saying “few states provide an economic environment that allows everyone an opportunity to succeed as does Texas.”

From Office of the Governor


August 28, 2014

SUSAN MOTLEY CAMPAIGN: BIPARTISAN TEXAS PARENT PAC ENDORSES SUSAN MOTLEY FOR ELECTION TO TEXAS STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 105

Yesterday Texas Parent PAC announced its endorsement of Susan Motley of Irving for election as state representative in House District 105. This open seat includes parts of Irving and Grand Prairie, and public schools are a source of pride in every neighborhood in the district.

From Susan Motley Campaign


August 28, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: AS DAVIS LAYS OUT HER PLAN TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE, ABBOTT IS MIA

KVUE: "Davis has held more than 80 public appearances since July 1st... The Abbott Campaign has followed the more traditional route...only scheduling around a dozen appearances over same period."

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 28, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE HENRY CUELLAR: SHOOTS LIVE INTERVIEW WITH FOX NEWS AT LCC

The new state-of-the-art uplink system at Laredo Community College (LCC) has connected Laredo to the world by being able to send video, audio and data to any part of the globe using direct satellite technology.

From Representative Henry Cuellar


August 28, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: KIM GONZALEZ: "A BREATH OF FRESH AIR AFTER FOUR INEFFECTIVE YEARS OF J.M. LOZANO"

Battleground Texas released a 2-minute campaign video for Democratic Candidate Kim Gonzalez today, showing voters in San Patricio, Bee, Kleberg and Jim Wells Counties that they have a clear choice in the election for State House Representative.

From Battleground Texas


August 27, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: ADDS TO POLICY STAFF AS SESSION NEARS

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is adding key policy advisors to his Capitol staff in preparation for the legislative session that begins in January. These experienced and respected aides will help Speaker Straus and other Members of the House continue to address the state’s most serious challenges.

From Speaker Joe Straus


August 27, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: WHO SPENDS MORE TIME ON THE JOB - GREG ABBOTT OR THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND.

As Texans prepare to celebrate Labor Day – honoring those who've fought for the American ideal of a fair day's pay for a fair day's work – there's new evidence that Greg Abbott's work for the people of Texas isn't his top priority.

From Lone Star Project


August 27, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE TALKS TEXAS PROMISE PROGRAM AND SMART PARTNERSHIPS WITH STUDENTS

Today, students and officials from El Paso Community College and Transmountain Early College High School welcomed Senator Leticia Van de Putte to tour their facilities. Leticia participated in a roundtable discussion with students, teachers, and administrators on the importance of workforce development, higher education and business partnerships, college affordability, and opportunity for all.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 27, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: DALLAS POLICE ASSOCIATION ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Dallas Police Association (DPA) today endorsed Republican Ken Paxton for Texas Attorney General, citing their confidence that the McKinney attorney is the most qualified candidate and will work closely with law enforcement to protect the families, schools and businesses of Texas.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


August 27, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST NAMES APPOINTMENTS TO SELECT COMMITTEE TO DETERMINE A SUFFICIENT BALANCE OF THE ECONOMIC STABILIZATION FUND

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst announced his appointments to the Select Committee to Study the Balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund. "When I first took office in 2003, the Economic Stabilization Fund maintained a balance of approximately $500 million dollars.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


August 27, 2014

DALLAS POLICE ASSOCIATION: ENDORSES PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Dallas Police Association (DPA) today endorsed Republican Ken Paxton for Texas Attorney General citing their confidence that the McKinney attorney is the most qualified candidate and will work closely with law enforcement to protect the families, schools and businesses of Texas.

From Dallas Police Association

By Brian Mayes


August 27, 2014

TEXAS PARENT PAC: ENDORSES SUSAN MOTLEY FOR ELECTION TO TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 105

Today Texas Parent PAC announced its endorsement of Susan Motley of Irving for election as state representative in House District 105. This open seat includes parts of Irving and Grand Prairie, and public schools are a source of pride in every neighborhood in the district.

From Texas Parent PAC


August 27, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: STUDENTS ACROSS TEXAS SUPPORT SENATOR WENDY DAVIS' HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY

Students across Texas shared their support for Senator Wendy Davis’ higher education policy, released yesterday morning at a press conference in San Antonio. The policy proposal includes four main platforms to help make college education more affordable and accessible for every Texan.

From Battleground Texas


August 27, 2014

CAROL DONOVAN CAMPAIGN: STATE HOUSE CANDIDATE CAROL DONOVAN: MAKE COLLEGE EDUCATION ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE FOR EVERY SINGLE TEXAN

Democratic candidate Carol Donovan today announced her support for Wendy Davis’ plan to make college education accessible and affordable for every single Texan. Senator Davis revealed her higher education plan Tuesday at a press conference in San Antonio.

From Carol Donovan Campaign


August 27, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: WRAP UP: WENDY DAVIS PROPOSES TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE FOR ALL TEXANS

Yesterday in San Antonio, Wendy Davis announced her plan to make college more affordable and expand education opportunities for all Texans.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 27, 2014

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NURSE PRACTITIONERS: FUTURE LEADERS PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the largest national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties, is pleased to announce the launch of the AANP Future Leaders Program.

From American Association of Nurse Practitioners


August 26, 2014

TEXAS ALLIANCE FOR LIFE PAC: ENDORSES JODEY ARRINGTON FOR STATE SENATE DISTRICT 28

Texas Alliance for Life PAC strongly endorses Jodey Arrington in the Special Election for State Senate District 28. Jodey Arrington is committed to protecting and strengthening Texas' pro-life values.

From Texas Alliance for Life PAC


August 26, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE TONY DALE: ANNOUNCES NEW RULE TO REDUCE EDUCATION BUREAUCRACY AND TO SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS

State Representative Tony Dale (R–Cedar Park), announced that today, a newly enacted Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) policy that will potentially save Texas school districts millions of dollars a year.

From Representative Tony Dale


August 26, 2014

MILTON WHITLEY CAMPAIGN: HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER AND STATE REP CANDIDATE MILTON WHITLEY: COLLEGE SHOULD BE AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE

Democratic candidate Milton Whitley joined Senator Wendy Davis today in calling for college to be more accessible and affordable for every single Texan. Senator Davis revealed her higher education plan Tuesday, at a press conference in San Antonio.

From Milton Whitley Campaign


August 26, 2014

KIM GONZALEZ CAMPAIGN: GONZALEZ ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR HIGHER EDUCATION REFORM

Kim Gonzalez issued a statement today in support of Wendy Davis’ education platform calling for increased funding for higher education. After working her way through college and law school, Gonzalez is now running to represent HD 43, encompassing San Patricio, Alice, Bee, and Jim Wells County.

From Kim Gonzalez Campaign


August 26, 2014

LEIGH BAILEY CAMPAIGN: MAKE COLLEGE EDUCATION ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERY SINGLE TEXAN

Democratic candidate Leigh Bailey today joined Senator Wendy Davis in pledging to make higher education accessible and affordable for every single Texan. Senator Davis revealed her higher education plan Tuesday, at a press conference in San Antonio.

From Leigh Bailey Campaign


August 26, 2014

LIBBY WILLIS CAMPAIGN: BURTON WOULD SIDE WITH TEA PARTY AGENDA OVER FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO PAY FOR RISING COST OF COLLEGE

As our colleges and universities start a new school year, Konni Burton would leave many students and parents struggling to pay tuition bills. After the legislature made deep cuts to financial aid programs in 2011, Burton would have voted against the budget that restored many of those cuts.

From Libby Willis Campaign


August 26, 2014

MARY ANN PEREZ CAMPAIGN: EVERYONE DESERVES AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION IF THEY WANT IT

Representative Mary Ann Perez joined Wendy Davis and several Democrats today in calling for college and technical education to be more accessible and affordable for every single Texan who wants to go down that path.

From Mary Ann Perez Campaign


August 26, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: CLEAT ENDORSES SEN. KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas announced today that it is endorsing state Sen. Ken Paxton in the 2014 race for Texas Attorney General. “Law enforcement officers all across Texas have a true friend in Senator Paxton,” said CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


August 26, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: SENATOR VAN DE PUTTE CELEBRATES WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY

On this day, 94 years ago, the 19th Amendment was signed into law, giving women across our country the right to vote and their voices heard at the ballot box.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 26, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS ANNOUNCES PROPOSAL TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE FOR ALL TEXANS

Today in San Antonio, Wendy Davis announced her proposal to make college more affordable and expand educational opportunities for all Texans.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 26, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: STUDENTS PLAYING KEY ROLE IN 2014 ELECTION

On the heels of the release this morning of Senator Wendy Davis’ higher education policy – which includes four platforms to help make college education accessible and affordable for every Texan – Battleground Texas called attention to the key role that students on college campuses are playing in the high-profile fight for the Governor's Mansion this November.

From Battleground Texas


August 26, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY HELPS BREAK GROUND ON OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM COMPLEX IN MIDLAND

Gov. Rick Perry today helped break ground on Occidental Petroleum’s Midland Office Complex. Once completed in late 2015, the complex will house up to 600 employees and will be the center of Occidental’s oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin.

From Office of the Governor


August 26, 2014

WAYNE FAIRCLOTH CAMPAIGN: SENATOR TED CRUZ ENDORSES WAYNE FAIRCLOTH

Senator Ted Cruz announced his endorsement of Wayne Faircloth in his race to be the next state representative from House District 23 today. Cruz has quickly become one of the strongest voices for individual liberty, limited government, and fighting against Obamacare.

From Wayne Faircloth Campaign


August 25, 2014

SENATOR JANE NELSON: TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY TO UNDERGO ZERO-BASED BUDGET REVIEW

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has instructed the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) to include the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in a zero-based budgeting pilot program for the upcoming session.

From Senator Jane Nelson


August 25, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS STODDART AS JUSTICE OF 5TH COURT OF APPEALS

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Craig Stoddart of Rockwall as justice of the 5th Court of Appeals for a term to expire at the next general election. Stoddart is first assistant criminal district attorney and chief of the Appellate Division for the Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

From Office of the Governor


August 25, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS CABRALES TO TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed David Cabrales of Dallas to the Texas Economic Development Corporation for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor. The corporation supports programs and activities of the Governor's Division of Economic Development and Tourism, in addition to TexasOne, which markets Texas competitively and dynamically to businesses outside the state's borders.

From Office of the Governor


August 25, 2014

TEXAS VALUES ACTION: ENDORSES CHARLES PERRY FOR STATE SENATOR

Texas Values Action has announced its endorsement today for Charles Perry in the Texas Senate District 28 special election in west Texas. Early voting starts today and continues through September 5th, with Election Day on Tuesday, September 9th.

From Texas Values Action


August 25, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST VISITS TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYED IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION STRONG SAFETY

Today, Lt. Governor Dewhurst visited Camp Swift in Bastrop, Texas, for a briefing and firsthand observation of training operations by National Guardsmen in their support of Operation Strong Safety. This past July, Dewhurst joined Governor Perry in announcing the Texas-funded deployment of up to one thousand members of the National Guard to enhance the state's efforts to secure the border region.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


August 25, 2014

TDP: PERRY'S HOUSE OF CARDS

Today, Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry’s gaggle of lawyers filed a brief challenging the Governor’s indictment. Perry’s lawyers claimed the charges are unconstitutional and asked the courts to throw them out. [Texas Tribune, 8/25/2014]

From Texas Democratic Party


August 25, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: TEXAS SOCIETY OF CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS CPA-PAC ENDORSES DAN PATRICK FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor received the endorsement of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants CPA-PAC today.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 25, 2014

TEXAS DPS: MOBILE APP NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced the launch of its mobile app, which is designed to give Texans instant access to the state’s Sex Offender Registry, Texas 10 Most Wanted program and other valuable resources.

From Texas Department of Public Safety


August 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: SOLAR ENERGY IN TEXAS

Amidst the Texas energy boom, we talk a lot about the Eagle Ford Shale, oil and natural gas, pipelines and refineries, but we don't often talk about another kind of energy: solar. That may be because solar accounts for less than one-half of one percent of the state's renewable power supply.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


August 25, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: MANUFACTURERS PAC OF TEXAS ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) political action committee, the Manufacturers PAC of Texas (MPACT), last week announced its endorsement of Texas Senator Ken Paxton (R) in his campaign to become Attorney General of Texas.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


August 25, 2014

RICK PERRY CAMPAIGN: MARK FABIANI JOINS GOV. PERRY'S LEGAL TEAM

Today, lead attorney Tony Buzbee announced the addition of Mark Fabiani to Governor Rick Perry's legal team. Mark Fabiani joins Buzbee, Ben Ginsberg, Justice Tom Phillips, Bobby Burchfield and David Botsford.

From Rick Perry Campaign


August 25, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: DESPERATE DAVIS CAMPAIGN DOUBLES DOWN ON DECEPTIVE ATTACK ADS

An attack ad that Sen. Wendy Davis’ campaign attempted to keep hidden surfaced on Friday, prompting Texans for Greg Abbott to condemn Sen. Davis’ tactics as indicative of a flailing campaign.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 25, 2014

JOHN COOK CAMPAIGN: DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE TEXAS LAND COMMISSIONER, JOHN COOK TAKES AND MAKES THE ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

The Democratic Party nominee for Texas Land Commissioner took up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge he received from fellow democrat Steve Brown, the candidate for Railroad Commissioner.

From John Cook Campaign


August 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DAN FLYNN: DPS REMINDS DRIVERS TO WATCH FOR CHILDREN AS NEW SCHOOL YEAR STARTS

As the academic year begins, State Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) are reminding all drivers to watch out for children walking to and from school or waiting for school buses.

From Representative Dan Flynn


August 22, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE SERGIO MUNOZ, JR.: DEDICATES PORTION OF HIGHWAY 83 AFTER FALLEN DPS TROOPER

At a roadside ceremony near the Starr/Hidalgo County Line, Representative Sergio Muñoz, Jr. unveiled a roadside marker dedicating a 5 mile stretch of U.S. Highway 83 as a memorial to fallen Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Eduardo Chavez.

From Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.


August 22, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST NAMES APPOINTMENTS TO SELECT INTERIM COMMITTEE TO STUDY ETHICS LAWS

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst announced his appointments to the Select Interim Committee to Study Ethics Laws. "This select interim committee will study the effectiveness of laws and regulations related to ethics, including campaign finance, lobby laws, and personal financial disclosure laws," said Dewhurst.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


August 22, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SECURES $5.6 MILLION GRANT FOR LOCAL FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT

Yesterday, the Texas Water Development Board approved a $5.6 grant for Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1 from the Water Loan Assistance Fund to finance planning cots of a multi-phase drainage project known as the Raymondville Drain in Hidalgo County.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


August 22, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: COMMISSIONER SETS MATH TEST PROMOTION GRADE TO ZERO

The following statement from TAB CEO Bill Hammond is regarding the decision to promote students in grades 5 and 8, even if they do not pass the STAAR mathematics assessment.

From Texas Association of Business


August 22, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: SENATOR DAN PATRICK SUPPORTS UT BOARD OF REGENTS

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor makes the following statement regarding recent actions of the University of Texas Board of Regents:

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 22, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: SSI GRADES 5 AND 8 STAAR MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT SUSPENDED FOR 2014-2015

School districts and charters have been advised by Commissioner of Education Michael Williams that due to the transition to revised statewide curriculum standards in mathematics, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) assessments for grades 5 and 8 mathematics will be administered only once in the 2014–2015 school year.

From Texas Education Agency


August 22, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: APPOINTS MEMBERS TO LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND ETHICS COMMITTEE

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus today made appointments to the Texas Legislative Council and the Select Interim Committee to Study Ethics Laws.

From Speaker Joe Straus


August 22, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS THREE TO TEXAS COUNCIL ON AUTISM AND PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2016.

From Office of the Governor


August 22, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: VIDEO: DAVIS STAFFER CLAIMS EIGHTY PERCENT OF REPUBLICANS "LIKE" OBAMACARE

Following the release of several videos featuring Texans who have been negatively impacted by ObamaCare, Texans for Greg Abbott today highlighted remarks by a staffer for Sen. Wendy Davis’ campaign making the false claim that eighty percent of Republicans support the law.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 22, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: PORTER RAISES RED FLAG ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEGLIGENCE TO PROTECT CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Commissioner David Porter of the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) sent a letter today to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, questioning the agency’s commitment to border security and the protection of vital U.S. interests and infrastructure.

From Texas Railroad Commission


August 22, 2014

TDP: $80,000

After facing scrutiny from Texans, Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry decided moving forward he will use campaign funds to pay for his defense attorneys rather than continuing to use taxpayer dollars.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 21, 2014

TEXAS COALITION FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION: APPLAUDS UT SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS; COMMEND CHOICE OF MCRAVEN FOR UT SYSTEM CHANCELLOR

Today, The University of Texas System unanimously approved the appointment of Admiral William McRaven as the next chancellor of The University of Texas System. The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education issued the following statement:

From Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education


August 21, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: STAAR PERFORMANCE STANDARDS MAINTAINED FOR 2014-2015

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today notified districts and charters that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will maintain initial academic performance standards (Phase-In 1) for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) program for the 2014–2015 school year.

From Texas Education Agency


August 21, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: MOBILE ID PLAN MUST EXPAND TO MEET TEXAS VOTERS' NEEDS

Battleground Texas today called on the Texas Secretary of State to expand Texas’ Mobile ID program, adding the grassroots organization’s voice to the growing number of organizations that are calling for increased access to free voter IDs, such as the League of Women Voters, Public Citizen, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund and Texas Freedom Network Education.

From Battleground Texas


August 21, 2014

PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION OF TEXAS: URGES PROTON CUSTOMERS TO SHOP

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) urges customers of Proton Energy Inc. (Proton) to shop for a new provider as the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) begins the process to switch Proton customers to a Provider of Last Resort (POLR).

From Public Utility Commission of Texas


August 21, 2014

MANUFACTURERS PAC OF TEXAS: ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) political action committee, the Manufacturers PAC of Texas (MPACT), today announced its endorsement of Texas Senator Ken Paxton (R) in his campaign to become Attorney General of Texas.

From Manufacturers PAC of Texas


August 21, 2014

CHARLES PERRY CAMPAIGN: TEXAS FARM BUREAU ENDORSES PERRY FOR SENATE

The Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund (AGFUND) has endorsed State Representative Charles Perry in the Senate District 28 special election on September 9.

From Charles Perry Campaign


August 21, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: MCRAVEN APPOINTED AS NEXT CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM

The University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously approved the appointment of Admiral William H. McRaven, currently commander of the United States Special Operations Command, as chancellor of The University of Texas System, effective Jan. 5, 2015.

From The University of Texas System


August 21, 2014

TEXAS CHARTER SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION: TEXAS EDUCATION COMMISSIONER GRANTS FIVE CHARTERS IN 2014, SENDS DECISION TO SBOE

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams yesterday approved five new, open-enrollment public charter schools for 2014. With his announcement, the decision moves to the Texas state board of education (SBOE) which is expected to consider the Commissioner's approved charters during the September 17-19th public meetings.

From Texas Charter Schools Association


August 21, 2014

TDP: CORRECTED STATEMENT: PERRY'S SMOKE AND MIRRORS

Today, Governor Perry's Rolls Royce legal defense team released an affidavit from a former investigator for the Travis County district attorney's office who was part of the CPRIT investigation. [Texas Tribune, 8/21/2014] Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Will Hailer released the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


August 21, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: UT REGENTS APPROVE ACADEMIC STRUCTURE OF UTRGV

The University of Texas Board of Regents Thursday approved the academic structure of the new UT Rio Grande Valley, taking an essential step forward in making the new university and medical school a reality. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has also approved the structure.

From The University of Texas System


August 21, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: LEMAISTRE AND MARK NAMED CHANCELLORS EMERITUS

Former Chancellors Charles LeMaistre and Hans Mark were given the honorific title Chancellors Emeritus by the University of Texas System Board of Regents Thursday. Only two other chancellors, Harry Huntt Ransom (1961-71) and E. Don Walker (1978-84), have been named Chancellor Emeritus.

From The University of Texas System


August 21, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: CONTINUES "GREG ABBOTT FIGHTS FOR TEXANS" WEB AD SERIES

Texans for Greg Abbott today continued a series of web ads featuring Texans talking about how Greg Abbott is fighting to make Texas a better place to live, work and raise a family - in their own words.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 20, 2014

SUSAN CRISS CAMPAIGN: JOINS CALLS FOR JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

Susan Criss issued a statement today in supporting a plan by State Senator Wendy Davis to eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting sexual assault.

From Susan Criss Campaign


August 20, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS BRIGADIER GENERAL BETTY AS COMMANDER OF TEXAS STATE GUARD

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Brigadier General Gerald “Jake” Betty as Commander of the Texas State Guard effective Sept. 1, 2014 for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

From Office of the Governor


August 20, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: RELEASES TELL SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

Earlier this year, the Texas Education Agency conducted the Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning (TELL) Texas Survey.

From Texas Education Agency


August 20, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS SENDS CHARTER SCHOOL DECISIONS TO SBOE

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today advised members of the State Board of Education (SBOE) of his decision to grant five Generation 19 charter schools. Those approved by the Commissioner include:

From Texas Education Agency


August 20, 2014

KIM GONZALEZ CAMPAIGN: COASTAL BEND CANDIDATE KIM GONZALEZ JOINS WENDY DAVIS IN DEMANDING JUSTICE FOR RAPE SURVIVORS

Democratic challenger Kim Gonzalez issued a statement today in support of Senator Wendy Davis’ proposal to end the statute of limitations in prosecuting rape cases.

From Kim Gonzalez Campaign


August 20, 2014

SUSAN MOTLEY CAMPAIGN: DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE SUSAN MOTLEY JOINS SENATOR WENDY DAVIS IN DEMANDING JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

Democratic Candidate Susan Motley joined Senator Wendy Davis today in calling for an end to the statute of limitations in prosecuting sexual assault cases.

From Susan Motley Campaign


August 20, 2014

LEIGH BAILEY CAMPAIGN: STATE LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATE LEIGH BAILEY JOINS SENATOR WENDY DAVIS IN FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

Democratic Candidate for State House Representative Leigh Bailey joined Wendy Davis today in calling for the removal of the statute of limitations in prosecuting sexual assault.

From Leigh Bailey Campaign


August 20, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: BUSINESSES STILL PAY THE MAJORITY

A new report from the Council On State Taxation (COST) shows that businesses in Texas pay 63.1 percent of state taxes, 63.9 percent of local taxes and 63.5 percent of both state and local combined.

From Texas Association of Business


August 20, 2014

COLE BALLWEG CAMPAIGN: MORE ISSUES FOUND IN TONY TINDERHOLT'S RESUME

A week after Tony Tinderholt admitted (but failed to explain) he had provided a false resume to the voters of House District 94, there are new questions about Mr. Tinderholt's history.

From Cole Ballweg Campaign


August 20, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT STICKS YOU WITH THE TAB

So far we know that Rick Perry’s legal bill has topped $80,000 – and that’s just the beginning. The high dollar attorneys he has hired charge a minimum of $450/hour and the clock will be ticking for months.

From Lone Star Project


August 20, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: NUMBER OF TEXAS STUDENTS TAKING ACT HITS NEW HIGH

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has announced that the number of Texas students in the 2014 graduating class taking the ACT college admission test hit a new high.

From Texas Education Agency


August 20, 2014

CHARLES PERRY CAMPAIGN: TEXAS STATE RIFLE ASSOCIATION ENDORSE PERRY FOR SENATE

Today, the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA) endorsed Representative Charles Perry for State Senate, citing his unwavering support for Second Amendment rights in Texas.

From Charles Perry Campaign


August 20, 2014

TDP: PERRY'S SIDESHOW

Today, Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry was booked at the Travis County Courthouse Complex, after being indicted on two felony counts of abuse of power and coercion of a public servant.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 20, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: STATEMENT OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JEAN BROWN

Battleground Texas Executive Director, Jenn Brown, issued the following statement on Governor Rick Perry being booked for two felony counts, one for abuse of official capacity and one for coercion of a public servant:

From Battleground Texas


August 20, 2014

ANNIE'S LIST: PERRY INDICTMENT SHOWS MISPLACED PRIORITIES

Today, Rick Perry turned himself into authorities following his indictment on Friday for the offenses of abuse of power and coercion.

From Annie's List


August 19, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DEBBIE RIDDLE: STANDS WITH PERRY, VOWS TO FIGHT

Representative Debbie Riddle is fed up with the witch-hunt launched against Texas Governor Rick Perry. Tom Wolfe once quipped that you could ‘indict a ham sandwich,’ and the news of Governor Perry’s indictment is nothing more than politics as usual.

From Representative Debbie Riddle


August 19, 2014

CHARLES PERRY CAMPAIGN: FIRE FIGHTERS BACK PERRY

Today, the Texas State Association of Firefighters (TSAFF) and Lubbock Professional Firefighters Association endorsed Rep. Charles Perry for State Senate.

From Charles Perry Campaign


August 19, 2014

HOMEPAC: ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

HOMEPAC, the political action committee of the Texas Association of Builders, announces its endorsement of Ken Paxton in the upcoming race for Texas Attorney General.

From HOMEPAC


August 19, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: SENATOR PATRICK NAMES ARON PENA III AS RIO GRANDE VALLEY FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

Today, Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, announced the newest addition to his team. Aron Pena III will serve as Rio Grande Valley Field Representative.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 19, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUILDERS' HOMEPAC ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

HOMEPAC, the political action committee of the Texas Association of Builders, announces its endorsement of Ken Paxton in the upcoming race for Texas Attorney General.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


August 19, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JASON VILLALBA: CALLS FOR AN INDEPENDENT AUDIT, INVESTIGATION OF THE DALLAS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE

Today in Dallas, Texas State Representative Jason Villalba (District 114) called for an independent audit of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to be conducted by the Texas State Auditor’s Office in light of recent allegations that District Attorney Craig Watkins improperly used public funds and violated county procedures and regulations following a distracted driving accident while operating a county-owned vehicle.

From Representative Jason Villalba


August 19, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: SEN. WENDY DAVIS: FIGHTING FOR OBAMACARE

Following the release of a video highlighting a Houston small business owner, Bill Lawrence, who lost his car wash business due to the punishing costs of ObamaCare, Texans for Greg Abbott highlighted Sen. Davis’ record of supporting – and even expanding – ObamaCare.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 19, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: "CONNECTS THE DOTS" BETWEEN PERRY'S INDICTMENT AND INVESTIGATION INTO CPRIT MISUSE OF FUNDS

Battleground Texas released a graphic illustrating the link between investigations into Perry’s self-proclaimed “signature project,” the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), and the actions that ultimately landed Perry with two felony Indictments for Coercion and Abuse of Power.

From Battleground Texas


August 19, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER PORTER: TEXAS CNG, LNG SALES DOUBLE FY 2014 ESTIMATE

Sales of natural gas motor fuel are surging in Texas. As of July 31, fiscal 2014 tax revenue from sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) motor fuel totaled $2,178,199, according to the state Comptroller’s office.

From Texas Railroad Commission


August 19, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: RELEASES CAMPAIGN VIDEO FOR HOUSE DISTRICT 23 CANDIDATE SUSAN CRISS

Battleground Texas released a two-minute video today for Democratic candidate Susan Criss, running to represent State House District 23 (Galveston and Chambers).

From Battleground Texas


August 19, 2014

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: ANNOUNCES RENOVATED HOMES AVAILABLE FOR ELIGIBLE TEXAS VETERANS

Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, today (Aug. 18) announced that renovated homes, including one in Senate District (SD) 21, are available to eligible Texas veterans through the Affordable Communities of Texas-Veterans Housing Initiative (ACT-VET).

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


August 19, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: PERRY INDICTMENT GARNERS WIDESPREAD ATTENTION, REPORTERS CONTINUE TO 'CONNECT THE DOTS' ON CPRIT

With media coverage of Governor Rick Perry's two felony indictments for abuse of power continuing to dominate national and Texas news, journalists across the country have been digging deeper into the connection between the Governor's actions and his self-proclaimed "signature project," the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

From Battleground Texas


August 19, 2014

TRAVIS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY: RESPONDS TO GOV. PERRY'S SMEAR OF DA LEHMBERG & HIS FALSE CLAIM OF POLITICIZATION

We didn’t expect Governor Perry to take responsibility for his actions, but smearing Rosemary Lehmberg and complaining the indictment was political does not answer the charges of his indictment.

From Travis County Democratic Party